APRIL FOOLS' DAY PICTURES: Four Historic Science Hoaxes

APRIL FOOLS' DAY PICTURES: Four Historic Science Hoaxes
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Piltdown Man

In 1912 scientists thought they'd discovered the elusive missing link between human and ape. Found in a gravel pit in Piltdown, England, a set of intriguing skull and jaw fragments were later reconstructed by the British Museum into a human-like head with an ape-like jaw.

In 1953 it turned out the find wasn't proof of anything—other than the skill of the still anonymous forger. The skull was a medieval human's. The jaw was an orangutan's. And the teeth were a chimp's.

Above, Alvan T. Marston, a Piltdown debunker, shows how a chimpanzee's teeth match up.

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