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What was the world's greatest scientific fraud?

Learn about the world's greatest scientific fraud.

The world's greatest scientific fraud was the Piltdown man. [© Jupiter Images, 2009]
© Jupiter Images, 2009
The world's greatest scientific fraud was the Piltdown man.

The world's most famous scientific fraud was the Piltdown man, a phony human fossil discovered in a gravel formation in southern England in 1912.

The unknown person combined an ape jaw with skull fragments of a modern man so skillfully that scientists argued over Piltdown man for about 40 years.

The forger filed the teeth in the ape jaw to give them the appearance of a human wear pattern. Chemical investigations in the 1950s showed the cranium and jaw were of different ages.

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