In April of 1996 there was an extended discussion in the talk.origins news group about the Piltdown man hoax.
] [Myths] [People] [References] [Web Sites] This is the home page for Piltdown man, a paleontological "man who never was".
1921 -- Osborn and Gregory "converted" by Piltdown II. 1934 -- Ramapithecus discovered 1935 -- Many (38 individuals) Peking man fossils have been found. 1937 -- Marston attacks Piltdown age estimate, cites Edmonds.
1921 -- Rhodesian man discovered 1923 -- Teilhard arrives in China. 1941 -- Peking man fossils lost in military action. 1948 -- Woodward publishes The Earliest Englishman 1949 -- Fluorine content test establishes Piltdown man as relatively recent.
Corrections and suggestions for improvement are welcome.
This page has been laid out so that it can be read sequentially or so that you can skip around in it using links. Each section is headed by a list of links to the other sections.
This page is a self contained, text only, document.
However there are links to supporting documents and pictures.
It should be remembered that, at the time of Piltdown finds, there were very few early hominid fossils; Homo neanderthalensis and Homo sapiens were clearly fairly late.
It was expected that there was a "missing link" between ape and man.
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.
I am far from being the best qualified person to put together a substantive page on Piltdown man -- they are many others who have a better knowledge of the subject and who command more scholarly resources.