Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods
Most Infamous Hoaxes
Piltdown Man
Piltdown Man
In 1912 fragments of a skull and jawbone that had been collected by road workers in a gravel pit in Piltdown, England, were presented by a local paleontologist as the fossilized remains belonged to an early evolution of man that had never been seen before, a missing link, in the evolutionary chain. Many leading experts concurred, although atomist Franz Weidenreich, who examined the specimen in 1923 concluded that was an orangutan's jaw attached to a human skull. It was not until 1953 that the scientific community was prepared to declare definitively that the Piltdown find was indeed a hoax."; $arrPic[3] = "/graphics/photogallery/hoax/dead-fairy.jpg