Piltdown Man

Posted: October 4, 2013 in Conspiracy/Hoax
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December 1912, the headlines were filled with a 1908 discovery in a gravel pit from southern England. A claim was brought forward of a missing link from the human evolution.

A ‘Pre-historic’ skull was discovered in Sussex, the Piltdown Man looked like the stage between ape to human and was a potentially grand discovery for evolutionists and scientists.

Charles Dawson was the man that  was credited with the find. He was a local solicitor and fossil-hunter, he also brought forward more finds such as a tooth in 1913, another tooth and bones in 1915. He passed away in 1916.

In 1950 a reconstruction  of the head was made using the available bones and during this period the bones were declared to be a fake. The declaration came at the same point in 1953 as Britain celebrated conquering Everest.

A link from the BBC about this.

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