The bust of the Piltdown Man which was once displayed in
The Piltdown Man skull was presented to the world
over a period of 40 years as the biggest piece of evidence for the
claim of "human evolution". This skull, however, was actually
the biggest science fraud in history.
fossil Piltdown man was pictured like this in the British
A well-known doctor and also an amateur paleoanthropologist,
Charles Dawson came out with an assertion that he had found a jawbone
and a cranial fragment in a pit in Piltdown, England in 1912. Even
though the jawbone was more ape-like, the teeth and the skull were
like a man's. These specimens were labelled the "Piltdown Man".
Alleged to be 500,000 years old, they were displayed as an absolute
proof of human evolution in several museums. For more than 40 years,
many scientific articles were written on the "Piltdown Man",
many interpretations and sketches were made, and the fossil was
presented as an important piece of evidence of human evolution.
No less than five hundred doctoral theses were written on the subject.63
Piltdown Man was nothing but a hoax perpetrated by cementing
an ape jaw to a human skull.
In 1949, Kenneth Oakley from the British Museum's
paleontology department attempted to try the method of "fluorine
testing", a new test used for determining the date of some
old fossils. A trial was carried out on the fossil of the Piltdown
Man. The result was astounding. During the test, it was realised
that the jawbone of the Piltdown Man did not contain any fluorine.
This indicated that it had remained buried for no more than a few
years. The skull, which contained only a small amount of fluorine,
showed that it was only a few thousand years old.
The Piltdown hoax being exposed by the
Detailed research revealed that Piltdown man
was the biggest science fraud in history. This was an artificial
skull; the cranium belonged to a 500-year-old man, and the mandibular
bone belonged to a recently dead ape! The teeth were thereafter
specially arranged in an array and added to the jaw, and the joints
were filed in order to resemble that of a man. Then all these pieces
were stained with potassium dichromate to give them an ancient appearance.
Le Gros Clark, who was in the team that disclosed
the forgery, could not hide his astonishment at this situation and
said that "the evidences of artificial abrasion immediately
sprang to the eye. Indeed so obvious did they seem it may well be
asked - how was it that they had escaped notice before?"64
In the wake of all this, "Piltdown Man" was hurriedly
removed from the British Museum where it had been displayed for
more than 40 years.
The Piltdown scandal clearly showed that there
was nothing that evolutionists would stop short of doing in order
to prove their theories. Moreover, this scandal showed that evolutionists
had no findings to reinforce their theories. Since they have no
evidence, they prefer to fabricate it themselves.
Muggeridge, The End of Christendom, Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 1980,
64- Stephen Jay Gould, "Smith Woodward's Folly",
New Scientist, 5 April 1979, p. 44 4