Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Piltdown

Archaeological site found in 1908-15 at the Piltdown gravels, Sussex, England, dated as Pleistocene gravels, and that contains hominid remains that included the intentionally modified mandible of a juvenile orangutan and portions of the skull of an AMH, first recognized as such by Boule in 1921. But at the time (c. 1915), these fragments were considered to belong to the same individual, and named Eoanthropus dawsonii. The fragments had been cleverly modified and placed at the site; see Piltdown hoax.

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