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Word Origin and History for piltdown


village in Sussex, England, site where a fossil humanoid skull was said to have been found (1912), proved a fraud in 1953.

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Historical Examples of piltdown

  • The Piltdown individual, on the other hand, has crossed the Rubicon.

    Progress and History


  • Of all anthropoids this jaw most nearly resembles that of the Piltdown man.

    Men of the Old Stone Age

    Henry Fairfield Osborn

  • It is possible that the Mauer jaw and the Piltdown skull belong to this stage.

    Man, Past and Present

    Agustus Henry Keane

  • The Piltdown teeth are more primitive in certain characters than those of either the Javan or the Heidelberg remains.

    Man, Past and Present

    Agustus Henry Keane

  • Pan vetus is the name suggested by Miller for the supposed chimpanzee whose jaw was found associated with the Piltdown cranium.

    Man, Past and Present

    Agustus Henry Keane