Piltdown man

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Pilt·down man

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

(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`

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.
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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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1953 AUTHORITIES at the British Natural History Museum announced the Piltdown Man skull, one of the most famous fossil skulls in the world, was an elaborate hoax.
1953: The discovery of The Piltdown Man skull by Charles Dawson in Sussex in1912 was finally revealed as a hoax.
The Natural History Museum announced that the Piltdown Man was a 40-year-old hoax.
More than four decades later, Piltdown Man was exposed as a hoax.
1912: Newspapers ran headlines of the discovery of Piltdown Man in Sussex.
1990: The Natural History Museum solved the Piltdown Man hoax.
MR: I have written essays critical of ideas long lodged in the curriculum of modern thought which are badly in need of reconsideration, and should in many cases be allowed to go the way of phrenology and the Piltdown Man.
There was the Piltdown Man, Paul Kammerer and Lamarckian inheritance, the Philippine government and the Tasaday tribe, Charles Redheffer's "perpetual motion machine," and the Cardiff Giant.
1990 The Natural History Museum claimed to have solved the Piltdown Man hoax, saying the mastermind behind it was anthropologist Sir Arthur Keith.
De Chardin's reputation for originality comes from the aura of scientific expertise that surrounds him: his involvement in the discovery of Peking Man (which is emphasized), and his involvement in the discovery of Piltdown man (which has been explained away).
This week, the subject is the Piltdown man forgery.
My favorite character is a grouchy but droll robot forced to impersonate the fraudulent Piltdown man in a creationist theme park.