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Piltdown Man hoax 1st revealed...

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November 22, 1953

SPRINGFIELD REPUBLICAN, Massachusetts, November 22, 1953 

* "Piltdown Man" hoax exposed 
* East Sussex, England early human find

This 40+ page Sunday newspaper has a one column headline on the front page: "Piltdown Man named Hoax, Jolts Science". 1st report coverage on the famous "Piltdown Man" hoax finally being exposed for the1st time. Nice to have on the front page. See photos for text here.

Other news, sports and various advertisements of the day throughout. Nice condition.

wikipedia notes: The "Piltdown Man" was a hoax in which bone fragments were presented as the fossilised remains of a previously unknown early human. These fragments consisted of parts of a skull and jawbone, said to have been collected in 1912 from a gravel pit at Piltdown, East Sussex, England. The Latin name Eoanthropus dawsoni ("Dawson's dawn-man", after the collector Charles Dawson) was given to the specimen. The significance of the specimen remained the subject of controversy until it was exposed in 1953 as a forgery, consisting of the lower jawbone of an orangutan that had been deliberately combined with the skull of a fully developed modern human.

The Piltdown hoax is perhaps the most famous archeological hoax ever. It has been prominent for two reasons: the attention paid to the issue of human evolution, and the length of time (more than 40 years) that elapsed from its discovery to its full exposure as a forgery.

Category: The 20th Century