Number: 403 (Read 0 times) Date: 25 Feb 94 21:45:30 To: All Subject: Axioms of Creation In

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Number: 403 (Read 0 times) Date: 25 Feb 94 21:45:30 From: Gene C. Miller To: All Subject: Axioms of Creation From: (Gene C. Miller) Organization: In article <2keqor$>, (Mark Schnitzius) wrote: [deletions re: Piltdown Man] > You aren't wrong. This is from an article I read recently ("Piltdown > Unmasked" -- _The Sciences_, Feb. 94). What surprised me most was that > the hoax was quite a bit more elaborate than I had first supposed. > > "The Piltdown forgery was conceived, planned and executed sometime > between 1907 and 1911. The faux hominid skull was constructed from > the remains of a recent human cranium, later shown to have been > thickened by disease during the subject's lifetime -- thus, at first > blush, the primitive look; half the lower jaw of an orangutan from > which telltale parts had been removed and whose teeth had been filed > to resemble worn human teeth; and a doctored canine tooth, probably > from the same lower jaw. In addition, artifacts and stone tools, > supposedly of two epochs, and extinct mammal bones of two phases > of antiquity were planted in the gravel layers exposed in the wall > of the Piltdown pit. In all, thirty-seven pieces of bone and > stone were involved, each carefully selected for a specific purpose, > each altered and stained so as to match the coloration of the gravel > itself. What is more, another ten fragments of human skulls and > human and animal teeth were similarly prepared and planted in two > other gravel exposures in the vicinity of Piltdown." ['Piltdown > Unmasked', _The Sciences_ Feb '94]. > > It goes on to say that some thought that the site contained both > hominid *and* ape fossils, but no one really doubted that the Piltdown > finds were genuine fossils of creatuures that had lived there in > ancient times, so I don't think it could have been an "obvious" hoax. And I seem to remember seeing somewhere recently that Teilhard de Chardin, who later went on to some eminence as a Jesuit theologian, was deeply involved in perpetrating this bit of business...Gene


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