Piltdown Man, the Missing Link: Exposing the Motives and Methods behind a 100-Year-Old Hoax

Piltdown Man, the Missing Link: Exposing the Motives and Methods behind a 100-Year-Old Hoax

Christopher Dean will discuss the history of the Piltdown Man hoax and why it continues to be studied a century later.

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 6:00pm

In 1912, British paleontologist Arthur Smith Woodward and amateur antiquarian Charles Dawson announced the discovery of a hominin in Sussex, England, thought to be a possible “missing link” between apes and humans. Referred to as Piltdown Man, the find made headlines, but ultimately turned out to be one of the most infamous scientific frauds of all time. Christopher Dean will discuss the history of the hoax, the modus operandi of the forger, and why Piltdown Man continues to be studied a century later.

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