One Man Is to Blame for the Infamous Piltdown Man Hoax

A new study identifies the perpetrator of one of the most famous scientific hoaxes of all time.

The hoax involved the purported discovery of the long sought-after missing link between apes and humans in a gravel pit near Piltdown, England. 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.

The skull featured human an

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