Piltdown Man, the Missing Link: Exposing the Motives and Methods behind a 100-Year-Old Hoax

Mon., Mar. 27, 2017, 6:00 pm
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Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge
This lecture is free and open to the public.
For more information, call 617-496-1027.
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March 27

In 1912, British paleontologist Arthur Smith Woodward and amateur antiquarian Charles Dawson announced the discovery of a hominin in Sussex, England, thought to be a possible “missing link” between apes and humans. Referred to as Piltdown Man, the find made headlines, but ultimately turned out to be one of the most infamous scientific frauds of all time. Christopher Dean will discuss the history of the hoax, the modus operandi of the forger, and why Piltdown Man continues to be studied a century later. Free parking will be available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage. This lecture is part of the Race, Representation, and Museums Lecture series.