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In 1912 Piltdown Man hit the headlines. Evidence of the evolutionary 'missing link' between apes and humans had been found, in England. For the next 40 years this momentous discovery influenced research into human evolution. Then in 1953 Piltdown hit the headlines again, this time revealed as a hoax, a scientific fraud of shocking proportions.

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Authorities at the British Natural History Museum announce that the skull of the Piltdown Man, one of the most famous fossil skulls in the world, is a hoax.

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Piltdown Man: Britain's Greatest Hoax Reconstruction of the 'Piltdown Man' skull, on show at the Natural History Museum in 1953

Model of the Piltdown Man's skull as reconstructed by Dr. Smith Woodward. Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images

how can you believe scientists who push evolution when there is story after story like this: Piltdown Man Hoax! Part of the skull of the Piltdown man, one of most famous fossil skulls in the world, declared a hoax by British Natural History Museum. The Piltdown fossils - portion of a skull, a jawbone, & a few teeth, were believed to be missing link between apes and humans. But in 1953, the jawbone was found to be that of modern ape that had been treated with chemicals to make it appear…

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WBH-014: Piltdown Man Skull (Bone Clones)