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FWD: The Piltdown Plot

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  • Frits Westra
    From the Scout Report -- April 30, 1999The Piltdown Plot http://www.clarku.edu/~piltdown/ Less Graphical Entrance http://www.clarku.edu/~piltdown/pp_map.html
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      From the Scout Report -- April 30, 1999

      The Piltdown Plot
      http://www.clarku.edu/~piltdown/
      Less Graphical Entrance
      http://www.clarku.edu/~piltdown/pp_map.html

      Created by Clark University Professors Charles Blinderman and David
      Joyce, this site explores one of the most famous scientific frauds in
      history. For almost forty years, Piltdown Man "inhabited a branch of
      the tree of human evolution, [and was] featured in professional
      articles and books, in newspaper reports, and even in biology
      textbooks read by high school students." It was not until 1953 that
      scientific detectives decisively proved that Piltdown was a hoax; the
      fossils consisted of the skull of a woman combined with the jaw of an
      orangutan. Essentially a large collection of primary documents, this
      site traces the hoax from its origins in 1912-17 to the 1953-55
      expose. Included are articles that set the context of early
      20th-century anthropology, examples of favorable and critical
      commentary on Piltdown Man, and pieces setting out the "prosecution"
      and "defense" of likely hoax suspects (please note that the final two
      sections, on Secondary and Tertiary suspects, are still under
      construction). While any user with an interest in the Piltdown hoax
      will want to pay this site a visit, because of the large selection of
      articles, the site also lends itself for use in anthropology or
      history of science courses. [MD]
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