December 18, 1912, Charles Dawson announces the existence of the Piltdown Man fossil, discovered by a woodcutter. Later it will be proven that it was a fraud.

On this day (December 18), 1912, Charles Dawson announces the existence of the Piltdown man fossil, discovered by a woodcutter. Later it will be proven that it was a fraud.
In 1912, Charles Dawson claimed that he had discovered the " missing link " between ape and man.
In February 1912, Dawson contacted Arthur Smith Woodward, Keeper of Geology at the Museum of History Natural, claiming to have found a section of a human-like skull in Pleistocene gravel beds near Piltdown, East Sussex .
That summer, Dawson and Smith Woodward reportedly discovered more bones and artifacts at the site, connecting to the same individual. These finds included a jawbone, plus skull fragments, a set of teeth, and primitive tools.
Smith Woodward reconstructed the skull fragments and hypothesized that they belonged to a human ancestor from 500,000 years ago. The discovery was announced at a meeting of the Geological Society and given the Latin name Eoanthropus dawsoni ("Dawson's Dawn Man ").
The assemblage's questionable significance remained the subject of considerable controversy until it was conclusively exposed in 1953 as a forgery. It was found to consist of the altered jaw and some teeth of an orangutan deliberately combined with the skull of a modern human fully developed, albeit with a small brain.
As a curiosity to comment that the Piltdown hoax is prominent for two reasons: the attention it generated around the subject of human evolution and the time, 41 years, that passed from its initial alleged discovery to its ultimate exposure as a composite forgery.
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- Hello
- Good morning
- I come to bring you this fossil
- is this a fossil?
- yes, very fossil
- is this a fossilized animal?
- it's a prehistoric animal
- it looks like a stone with a toy embedded in it
- no, no, it's a fossil
- I don't know Rick, it seems fake
-how much does he want?
- five million dollars
- I give him two cakes
- raspberry cakes?
- no, cakes with an open hand
-Well, I don't like his offer
- nor hers to me
- they will regret it
- surely yes, if you don't give him the cakes

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