Piltdown man

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Pilt·down man

 (pĭlt′doun′)
n.
A proposed species of extinct humans described from a skull uncovered in a gravel bed in England in 1912 but determined in 1953 to be a fake constructed from a human cranium and the jawbone of an orangutan.

[After Piltdown Common in southeast England.]

Piltdown man

(ˈpɪltˌdaʊn)
n
(Palaeontology) an advanced hominid postulated from fossil bones found in Sussex in 1912, but shown by modern dating methods in 1953 to be a hoax, which was perpetrated by a student museum assistant who was refused a wage

Pilt′down man`

(ˈpɪltˌdaʊn)
n.
a hypothetical early modern human whose existence was inferred from bone fragments allegedly found at Piltdown, England, in 1912 but identified as a hoax in 1953.

Piltdown man

A supposed type of primitive human being based on remains found in England in 1912, later discovered to have been a hoax.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Piltdown man - a supposedly primitive man later proven to be a hoaxPiltdown man - a supposedly primitive man later proven to be a hoax
primitive, primitive person - a person who belongs to an early stage of civilization
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1990: The Natural History Museum solved the Piltdown Man hoax.
1990 The Natural History Museum claimed to have solved the Piltdown Man hoax, saying the mastermind behind it was anthropologist Sir Arthur Keith.
1990 Staff at the Natural History Museum in London solved the Piltdown Man hoax.