Piltdown hoax


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Noun1.Piltdown hoax - a supposedly primitive man later proven to be a hoaxPiltdown hoax - 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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7), but John Allen faltered when he dropped the old clunker about involvement with the Piltdown hoax.
In 1953, he assisted in unmasking the infamous Piltdown hoax.
In The Panda's Thumb, a collection of essays on natural history, Stephen Jay Gould attributes the longevity of the Piltdown Hoax (almost fifty years) to the imposition of strong hope on dubious evidence and to the uncritical acceptance of a strange event that reinforced a cultural bias.