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On 21 November 1953, one of the most fascinating puzzles in science was finally solved. Three scientists - including the author of this book, Joseph Weiner - described their investigations into the important fossilized human remains found at Piltdown in Sussex in the early 1900s. Their conclusion was stunning: the remains, and the accompanying materials that supposedly verified them as ancient fossils, had been faked.
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Review from previous edition Who committed the forgery, and why? And how came it that the fraudulent nature of the finds was not discovered when they were first examined by experts? The large section of the book that deals with these questions is as exciting as any detective novel, and much more interesting for it deals with historical facts, not fiction . . . it beats Sherlock Holmes at his best. (Times Literary Supplement)
Dr Weiner has made a first-class detective yarn. He puts the scientific findings in readable and understandable language and then, having established the fake, he considers the individuals involved. (Birmingham Post)
This book has three things that will endear it to the public―it is about one of the so-called "missing links"; it is closely concerned with that subject which the public has recently taken so much to its heart, namely archaeology; and―it is a mystery, a first-class mystery. (Daily Mail)
an excellent historical record (Peter Budden)
Dr Weiner was Reader in Physical Anthropology at Oxford University, and one of the scientists whose investigations resulted in the exposure of the Piltdown Man hoax. Prof. Chris Stringer is Head of Human Origins, Dept. of Palaeontology, The Natural History Museum.
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Book Description Dover Pubns, 1981. Paperback. Condition: New. Brand new. Seller Inventory # SKU1025251
Book Description Dover Publications, Mineola, NY, 1980. Condition: New. Reprint. In 1912 a fossil found in Sussex, England, was put forth as a possible "missing link" between ape and man, according to the Theory of Evolution. In 1953, a team of British Museum and Oxford University investigators exposed this fossil as a fake. This is the account written by one of the original scientific detectives. Unabridged 1980 republication of book first published in 1965 by Oxford University Press. xii+214 pages, illustrations, index. Seller Inventory # 1533
Book Description Dover Pubns, 1981. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0486240754
Book Description Dover Pubns, Mineola, New York, U.S.A., 1981. Soft cover. Condition: New. New unread dover softcover with light shelf wear. Seller Inventory # 045331
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # M-0486240754