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Piltdown Stegodon tooth

Piltdown Stegodon tooth

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NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Piltdown Stegodon tooth (item E.596). Part of a molar tooth of the extinct mammal Stegodon. The amateur geologist Charles Dawson (1864-1916) claimed to have found this tooth, along with bone fragments and prehistoric tools, at Piltdown, Sussex UK, between 1908 and 1912. Analysis of the radioactive composition of the tooth showed that it could not have come from Sussex. In 1953 the finds were shown to be frauds. Held at The Natural History Museum, London, UK.

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