Posted by: Nick Redfern on December 22nd, 2012
In a new post at Mysterious Universe, Micah Hanks begins…
“It was indeed a scandal that shook the hallowed halls of the British Museum’s honorable geological department. Arthur Smith Woodward, then serving as the department’s keeper, had been approached with a rather curious set of bone fragments, allegedly retrieved and passed along to one Charles Dawson, a local amateur anthropologist and something of a ‘rockhound’ renowned for his curious knack for finding curiosities.
“And what would result would be a hoax that would continue to baffle paleoanthropologists for close to four decades, before the items put forth as a relic hominid ancestor of humankind, the so-called ‘Piltdown Man,’ were finally dismissed as a hoax. But in truth, the mystery isn’t all that much different from a number of silly hijinks that still occur in the various fields of hominology today. Not surprisingly, this would also include the modern field of cryptozoology.”