The success of this hoax for almost 40 years is pretty impressive.
In fact, the tooth was generally dismissed and had a negligible effect on the scientific thinking of the day.
However, the whole thing turned out to be an elaborate hoax.
The skull was indeed human (about 500 years old) but the jaw was that of a modern ape whose teeth had been filed to look like human wear.
So obviously, the point of including the Piltdown Man hoax in this discussion is to show that even scientists are, or at least have been, capable and possibly even willing to overlook something if it matches their preconceived ideas.
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