Posted on Monday, 6 February, 2012 | 17 comments| News tip by: Still Waters
Image credit: John Cooke
Researchers are conducting a new study to determine who was behind one of archaeology's greatest hoaxes.
Piltdown Man was the name given to an alleged human ancestor unearthed in a gravel pit in England 100 years ago in the form of skull fragments that revealed it to have a large brain but a primitive jawbone and teeth. The find caused a sensation at the time, that was until it was revealed to be nothing more than a hoax. Now researchers are hoping to study the fragments in more detail to determine who might have been behind what continues to be one of the biggest archaeological hoaxes in history.
"In a few weeks, a group of British researchers will enter the labyrinthine store of London's Natural History Museum and remove several dark-coloured pieces of primate skull and jawbone from a small metal cabinet."