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Old 01-07-2013, 09:14 PM   #1846
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Originally Posted by BucEyedPea View Post
Well, that's not how I see the original scene, since it was not disproven right away, but as you said 40 some years later.
More like today's science can be tommorrow's fiction.




According to this, Piltdown Man’s legitimacy didn't surfaced until the 1920s and ’30s.

http://www.history.com/news/piltdown...-100-years-ago
This is an excerpt from The Jaw Of The Piltdown Man by Gerrit S. Miller Jr. It is dated 1915. There are other examples, one going back to 1913, but this is the first link I found:

http://black.clarku.edu/~piltdown/ma...w_piltman.html


Few recently discovered fossils have excited more interest than the "Dawn Man of Piltdown," and few have given rise to more discussion (see bibliography at end of this paper). Deliberate malice could hardly have been more successful than the hazards of deposition in so breaking the fossils as to give free scope to individual judgment in fitting the parts together. As a result no less than three restorations of the braincase already exist (see Gregory, 1914, fig. 9), while the canine tooth has been assigned to the right lower mandible and the left upper jaw. The estimates on the capacity of the braincase range from 1,070 to 1,500 cubic centimeters. While there is no doubt that [2] the braincase, whatever its exact size, represents a member of the family Hominidę, there is wide difference of opinion as to the possibility of joining it with the mandible as parts of one skull. One author regards "this association of human brain and simian features" as precisely what he had anticipated (Smith, 1913, p. 131), while another says that it seems to him "as inconsequent to refer the mandible and the cranium to the same individual as it would be to articulate a chimpanzee foot with an essentially human leg and thigh" (Waterston, 1913, p. 319). I cannot find, however, that anyone has yet definitely identified the jaw as that of a member of an existing simian genus, or that any zoologist has attempted a detailed comparative study of this part of "Eoanthropus." Dr. Woodward, who regarded the jaw as "almost precisely that of an ape," compared the specimens with young and adult chimpanzee only, while Dr. Gregory chose for his simian standard a female orang. Neither appears to have examined any considerable series of jaws of great apes.
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