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He wrote that the fossil would “rival” the German fossil jaw belonging , the first early human species to live in colder climates.
It was Dawson who first contacted Woodward, then keeper of palaeontology at the Museum of Natural History in London, about having found a new human fossil.
Woodward, who was the curator of the British Museum’s paleontology department, dubbed the discovery Eoanthropus dawsoni, or “Dawson’s Dawn-man,” but he was more commonly known as the Piltdown Man.
The first doubts about Piltdown Man’s legitimacy surfaced in the 1920s and ’30s, with the discovery of other early human remains around the world (such as the Taung skull in South Africa, now known as Australopithecus).
In 1912 Charles Dawson, an amateur archaeologist claimed to have discovered the ‘missing link’ between ape and man.
He had found part of a human-like skull in Pleistocene gravel beds near Piltdown village in Sussex, England.
The mandible resembled an ape's, while the skull appeared human, and the canine tooth could have belonged to either species.