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Author: John Evangelist Walsh
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©1996.
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In 1913 an amateur fossil hunter and antiquarian named Charles Dawson found in a gravel pit in England parts of the skull of an entirely new species of pre-human. The discovery, soon known as Piltdown Man, caused headlines worldwide trumpeting the claim that the evolutionary "missing link" between ape and man had been found. Controversy quickly arose, with many scientists charging that the jaw and cranium were not  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Walsh, John Evangelist, 1927-
Unraveling Piltdown.
New York : Random House, ©1996
(OCoLC)604966665
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Evangelist Walsh
ISBN: 0679444440 9780679444442
OCLC Number: 32551654
Description: xx, 279 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: Unfinished --
1. Curtain Falling --
a paleontologist retires --
2. The Oldest Humanoid --
man's brain, jaw of a beast --
3. Challenging the Skull --
mistake or missing link? --
4. The Sheffield Park Find --
a matter of probability --
5. Curtain Rising --
the unthinkable is thought --
6. Pursuing Dawson --
master of the intermediate --
7. List of Suspects --
then there were eleven --
8. The Writer Accused --
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle --
9. The Priest Accused --
Teilhard de Chardin --
10. The Anatomist Accused --
Sir Arthur Keith --
11. The Wizard of Lewes --
a very curious career --
12. Return to the Pit --
how it was done --
Epilogue: Finished?
Responsibility: John Evangelist Walsh.
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In 1913 an amateur fossil hunter and antiquarian named Charles Dawson found in a gravel pit in England parts of the skull of an entirely new species of pre-human. The discovery, soon known as Piltdown Man, caused headlines worldwide trumpeting the claim that the evolutionary "missing link" between ape and man had been found. Controversy quickly arose, with many scientists charging that the jaw and cranium were not related and must have come from two different creatures, an ancient man and an ancient ape. But the believers prevailed and for forty years Piltdown Man held his place - though a troubled place - in the fast-developing evolutionary scheme. In 1953, using advanced techniques for dating fossils, a team of English scientist's dramatically exposed Piltdown Man as nothing more than an amazing fraud, an ingenious but undoubted forgery. In Unraveling Piltdown, John Evangelist Walsh tells the complete story of the astonishing hoax, and convincingly exposes the true culprit. A final chapter explains in detail exactly how the entire affair was managed, offering a precise description of the planting and discovery of each of the fraudulent specimens. Filled with vivid portraits of Edwardian personalities, based strictly on documentary evidence, Unraveling Piltdown is a thoroughly absorbing detective story in which one of history's greatest frauds is finally solved.

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