Is Eoanthropus dawsoni a valid species?

At the beginning of the twentieth century the search for our ancestors – the supposed “missing links” between man and the animal kingdom was a crucial point in the new emerging field of human palaeontology. First results came from Germany with the discovery in 1907 of a jaw with mixed characteristics between apes and humans – a good start, but scientists wanted something even better. Only a year later some workers discovered strange bones in a gravel pit near the village of Piltdown in southern Sussex and consigned them to the lawyer, antiquarian and amateur geologist Charles Dawson. The species was describes as Eoanthropus dawsoni, better known as Piltdown Man.

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