The main point overlooked by detractors of evolutionary theory is only early after its initial discovery did Piltdown Man play a significant part in the overall view of the "descent of man".
By 1930 a large number of other finds showed that the earliest evolutionary steps from ape-like ancestors to humans were about gait and teeth, not brain, and that those early pre-humans were found exclusively in Africa.
The fallacy of those using Piltdown Man to disprove evolution can be summed up thusly: Atmosphere of the Moon • Carbon dating • Creationism and social history • Dendrochronology • Evidence against a recent creation • Geomagnetism • Mitochondrial Eve • Petrified forest • Plate tectonics • Radiometric dating • Rotation of the Earth • Starlight problem • Y-chromosomal Adam • 101 evidences for a young age of the Earth and the universe • Atmosphere of the Moon • Baraminology • Biblical literalism • Borel's Law • Bumblebee argument • C-decay • Catastrophic plate tectonics • Creationist mathematics • De-evolution • Do you want to be descended from a monkey?
• Evolution and morality • Evolution and religion • Evolution conspiracy • Evolutionism • Firmament • Galactocentricity • Geomagnetism • Global flood • Haji Yearam • Hanzi of Genesis • Historical and operational science • Hydroplate theory • In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood • Intelligent design and academic freedom • Irreducible complexity • Leap second • List of creationist claims • Lunar bukkake hypothesis • Lunar dust • Lunar radioactivity • Lunar transient phenomena • Microevolution and macroevolution • Noah's Ark • Noah's Ark sightings • Orchidaceae • Peanut butter argument • Proof of the inconsistency of arithmetic • Recession of the Moon • Rotation of the Earth • Science doesn't know everything • Science was wrong before • Wedge Strategy • White hole cosmology • Baraminology • Didit fallacy • Epic of Gilgamesh • Flood geology • Fossil sorting by the global flood • Global flood • Global flood chronology • God's Love • Grand Canyon • Haji Yearam • Hydroplate theory • Lake Agassiz • Life and the global flood • Lunar bukkake hypothesis • Noah • Noah's Ark • Noah's Ark: A Feasibility Study • Noah's Ark sightings • Noah (film) • Parasites during the global flood • Adam and Evolution: A Scientific Critique of Neo-Darwinism • Appel à la beauté • Argument from beauty • Argument from design • Argument from fine tuning • Argument from first cause • Ask Darwinists • Banana argument • Biological Information: New Perspectives • Cdesign proponentsists • Darwinism Under The Microscope: How Recent Scientific Evidence Points To Divine Design • Evolution Under the Microscope: A Scientific Critique of the Theory of Evolution • Expelled: Leader's Guide • Explanatory Filter • Eye • Falsifiability of creationism • Flagellum • Flowers of asexually-reproducing plants • Intelligent design • Intelligent design and academic freedom • Irreducible complexity • John A.
The very fact that it was eventually revealed to be a fake is evidence that science is inherently capable of seeing through illusion, acknowledging errors, and refining its ideas by use of the scientific method.
It shows that theories like evolution are based on solid and consistent evidence that behaves in expected ways.
Likewise, French paleontologist Marcellin Boule concluded the same thing in 1915.
A third opinion from American zoologist Gerrit Smith Miller concluded that Piltdown's jaw came from a fossil ape.
Most importantly, they fail to provide any new understanding of the world.By 1912, many hominid fossils had been discovered in mainland Europe, most notably Neanderthal Man in Germany and Cro-Magnon Man in France, and they were even cropping up in Africa and Java (Indonesia), yet Britain had none.Today, we know that this is because the British Isles were glaciated when early hominids first arrived in Europe, yet for the British people at that time (at the height of the Empire), it was unacceptable that their homeland, the cradle of civilization and industry, the center of all that is right and proper in the world, played no role in the evolution of humanity and was only settled relatively late.The case of Piltdown is no exception, and it is worth noting that experts in the field almost immediately began to question the find, as they should.Piltdown Man was created with the objective of fooling scientists, not lay people, so it only succeeded for a short time.In 1923, Franz Weidenreich examined the remains and correctly reported that they consisted of a modern human cranium and an orangutan jaw with filed-down teeth.that a sense of hurt national pride played a role in the Piltdown Man hoax.It is true that Piltdown Man was a deliberate fraud, which did confuse paleontologists for many years.Some scientists accepted it, others were skeptical right from the start.Piltdown Man was a hoax fossil of a hominid jaw and skull bone found in a gravel pit in 1912.At the time it was embraced by some as evidence for the evolution of humans from other ape-like hominids.