In 1912 Charles Dawson, a solicitor and amateur archaeologist, claimed to have uncovered signs of one of our earliest prehistoric ancestors. This early human was nicknamed Piltdown Man, taking its name from the Sussex village in which Dawson made his discovery.
This model of the Piltdown Man skull was pieced together from bone fragments which had been excavated from the site. Thirty years later it was discovered that this was a fraud and the skull was in fact fabricated from pieces of a human cranium and the jaw of an orangutan.
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