The Ape-Men – III Piltdown Man (Eoanthropus dawsoni): an Evolutionist Fraud

Piltdown man (Eoanthropus dawsoni) is one of the shameful patchworks of evolutionists.

The main characters of this story were Charles Dawson, an amateur evolutionist, Sir Arthur Smith Woodward from the British Museum and Teilhard de Chardin, a theology student.

In the region of Piltdown in Sussex, south of London, Dawson and Woodward found 9 fragments of a human skull between 1909 and 1912, from which they assembled two half-skulls. In the same layer in 1912, they found a jaw of seemingly ape-like origin, in which the teeth were worn down similar to the teeth of humans. However, the canines, so important in determining its origin, were missing. 8 months later, on August 29, 1913, Chardin found a canine tooth showing considerate wear, but it couldn’t even be decided whether it belonged to the upper or lower jaw.

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Reconstruction of Piltdown man’s skull.

These findings were said to belong to the same individual, and this is how the half million year old English gentleman from Piltdown was born. Piltdown man was exhibited in museums and pictures of him were studied in textbooks for several decades.

His reign lasted forty years. Skeptic anthropologists took the findings under scrutiny after the Second World War using more modern techniques, and it was found out that the they didn’t belong together and that this ape-man was only an artfully conceived fraud. The skull fragments belonged to a man, and the jaw was from a recently deceased ape, probably from one of the British Museum’s findings. Scientists discovered that the canines had been ripped out of the jaw, and the wear on the other teeth had been caused by filing them down so their faces would look like the ones of human teeth. Traces of chemicals were found on the skull bones, which were used to make the bones look old. They were treated with potassium bichromate, giving them a rusty brown colour. Besides this, the place where the bones were found lay in an area of damp soil. The bones could not have survived in such a damp environment for more than a hundred years.

To this day, we are not certain who were the masterminds behind this hoax. Many think that Teilhard originated the idea, but likely some of the British Museum employees were also involved. Stephen Jay Gould (famous evolutionist) writes in his book, The Piltdown Conspiracy:

“Shall we then blame Teilhard or shall we forgive him? We cannot simply laugh and forget. Piltdown absorbed the professional attention of many fine scientists. It led millions of people astray for forty years. It cast a false light on the basic process of human evolution.”

G. H. R. von Koenigswald, a German evolutionist anthropologist sums up in his book, Encounter with the Ape-Men (Begegnungen mit dem Vormenschen):

“Mr. Dawson died as a celebrated and honored man in 1916. Nothing was found in Piltdown after his death ever again. It is surely not a correct deed to charge a dead man who cannot defend himself, but everything clearly points to the fact that he was responsible for the fraud. Moreover, it has recently come to light that neither the fossils, nor the stone tools originated from this area, and that the whole discovery was carefully planned.”