The Piltdown papers, 1908-1955: the correspondence and other documents relating to the Piltdown forgery
In one of the most spectacular cases of scientific fraud ever, ancient human skull fragments found in 1912 near the English town of Piltdown were proven a deliberate hoax 40 years later. However the identity of the perpetrator has remained a mystery. The recently published book The Piltdown Forgery (Oxford 1990) reopens the case with a detailed examination of the evidence and a fresh attempt to name the hoaxer. This companion volume gathers together for the first time the relevant historical documents, presenting a selection of some 500 letters and other papers covering the period. The material has been drawn largely from the archives of the British Museum (Natural History). The resulting fully annotated catalog provides a unique resource for those interested in the history of science as well as the basis for a reassessment of the Piltdown episode.
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The Arrival of Piltdown Man 19081912
New Discoveries 1913 and the Mounting Controversy over
A Thickening Plot at Piltdown 1914
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American Museum Anatomy annotated by Woodward Arthur Keith Arthur Smith Woodward August Barcombe Mills Boule Boyd Dawkins British Museum British Museum Natural canine tooth Castle Lodge casts Charles Dawson chimpanzee College of Surgeons cranial fragments Dawson & Woodward December discovery Eoanthropus eoliths evidence February flint fluorine fossil further details Geological Society Grafton Elliot Smith Gregory Gros Clark handwritten letter Hastings Henry Fairfield Osborn Hinton Hrdlicka human indicated interest January Lankester later letter to Oakley letter to Woodward Lewes Manchester mandible Marston meeting Moir molar MSS WEI Museum Natural History November Oakley on printed occipital Osborn Oxford palaeontology paper Piltdown remains Piltdown skull plain stationery Pleistocene Pliocene printed stationery published Pycraft reconstruction reference Royal College Smith Woodward specimens stationery embossed Sussex Swanscombe teeth Teilhard de Chardin typewritten letter Uckfield underlining in original Wealden Weiner William William Boyd Dawkins Woodhead Woodward on printed Woodward on stationery