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Supposedly Dawson and an anonymous friend make the discovery 1915; however the friend and the location of the find are unknown. On the whole the British paleontologists were enthusiastic; the French and American paleontologists tended to be skeptical, some objected quite vociferously.The objectors held that the jawbone and the skull were obviously from two different animals and that their discovery together was simply an accident of placement.
He was the expected "missing link" a mixture of human and ape with the noble brow of Homo sapiens and a primitive jaw. As the years went by and new finds of ancient hominids were made, Piltdown man became an anomaly that didn't fit in, a creature without a place in the human family tree. Piltdown man was a hoax, the most ancient of people who never were. My principal source for the original version of this page is Ronald Millar's The Piltdown Men.
This book is an account of the entire Piltdown affair from beginning to end, including not merely the circumstances but the general background of the paleontology and evolutionary theory with respect to human ancestry during the period 1850-1950.
There is a certain vagueness about some of the critical events.
Dawson contacted Woodward about the first two skull fragments which were supposedly found by workman "some years prior". Similarly, the discovery of Piltdown II is shrouded in mystery.
During the discussion I checked the web and discovered that Piltdown man did not have a home page.
I resolved to eliminate this deficiency in the scholarly resources of the world wide web; here, for your delectation, is Piltdown man's home page.Anderson ([email protected] House.com) who has written articles on the hoax.Special thanks are also due to Tom Turrittin ([email protected]) who has created a comprehensive bibliography of references since 1953 to Piltdown man.Finally, I wish to thank Gerrell Drawhorn ([email protected]) who has provided a copy of his 1994 paper for inclusion at this site. In 1912 Charles Dawson discovered the first of two skulls found in the Piltdown quarry in Sussex, England, skulls of an apparently primitive hominid, an ancestor of man.Piltdown man, or Eoanthropus dawsoni to use his scientific name, was a sensation.In 1856 the first Neanderthal fossil discovery was made and the hunt was on to find fossil remains of human ancestors.