Bringing Bones to Life: How Science Made Piltdown Man Human

@article{Goulden2007BringingBT,
  title={Bringing Bones to Life: How Science Made Piltdown Man Human},
  author={M. Goulden},
  journal={Science as Culture},
  year={2007},
  volume={16},
  pages={333 - 357}
}
  • M. Goulden
  • Published 2007
  • Sociology
  • Science as Culture
  • The story of Piltdown man today has the unfortunate status of being perhaps the most notorious scientific hoax of all time. Announced in 1912 by a team led by prominent British scientist A. S. Woodward and amateur geologist/archaeologist Charles Dawson, the fossilized figure—apparently a creature on the cusp of humanity, with a large human-like skull and an ape-like jaw—was heralded as ‘the earliest Englishman’ (Woodward, 1948), and received huge scientific and popular interest. However… CONTINUE READING

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