Piltdown review points decisive finger at forger Dawson

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Karolyn Shindler

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CSI Piltdown: DNA analysis was conducted on the specimens (seen in the background)

Researchers have finished an eight-year study of one of the most infamous forgeries in the history of science – the fake human ancestor Piltdown Man.

They conclude that the forged fossils were made by one man: the prime suspect and “discoverer” Charles Dawson.

The human-like skull fragments and an ape-like jaw, complete with two teeth, shook the scientific world in 1912 but were exposed as a hoax in 1953.

New tests show the bones came from two or three humans and one orangutan.

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