Piltdown hoax dating
Dawson obtained his long-desired renown: the Piltdown Man was called , in his honour.
These teeth were then ground down to resemble human teeth and re-inserted into the jawbone.
The skull featured human and primate parts because that’s exactly what it was, an amalgamation of two medieval human skulls and the jawbone of an orangutan.
Now, we know who to blame for one of science’s most infamous lies.
Charles Dawson, an amateur archaeologist hungry for fame, claimed to have found fragments of a skull that was part human and part primate.
The find neatly filled a hole in the theory of human evolution—a little too neatly.