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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It was not until some 40 years later that Eoanthropus ('Dawn man') was discredited (Weiner et al.
The collection published in 2004 (Teilhard de Chardin 1923-1940 [2004]) includes no reference at all to Eoanthropus in the context of Sinanthropus ('Peking Mari', Homo erectus).
If Teilhard knew that Eoanthropus from Piltdown was not a real hominid (with an ape-like jaw and a human skull), and not really old, he wasn't saying anything about this even to one of his closest friends.