World History Minute: Piltdown Man ‘discovered’ (Dec. 18, 1912)

World History Minute: Piltdown Man ‘discovered’ (Dec. 18, 1912)
World History Minute: Piltdown Man ‘discovered’ (Dec. 18, 1912)

World History Minute: Piltdown Man ‘discovered’ (Dec. 18, 1912)

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On December 18, 1912, scientists announced the discovery of what was thought to be the missing link between apes and humans: Piltdown Man, who was estimated to live about 500,000 years ago. But decades later, Piltdown Man turned out to be a huge fraud. Historian John Schmidt explains. (Photo: Wikicommons/Popular Science Monthly Volume 82)