Unearthed! Piltdown Man


Model of the Piltdown Man's skull as reconstructed by Dr. Smith Woodward. Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images

The Piltdown Man is one of the world’s most infamous instances of scientific fraud, and it derailed the study of evolution for decades. How exactly did scientists in 1912 fall so completely for a hoax?

Topics in this Podcast: anthropology, hoaxes, Unearthed!, 19th century, 20th century, science history, evolution, fraud, subtweeting the election, eugenics movement