That man was a medical doctor by training and therefore had the necessary skills to carry off the hoax.He was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes detective stories.can be used to tell us whether or not the animals they were from actually lived at about the same time.
This is referred to as dating by association with they underwent relatively rapid evolutionary changes that are identifiable in their teeth and other skeletal parts.
Their bones also were frequently found in association with our human and primate ancestors.
(length = 7 mins, 24 secs) The perpetrator of the Piltdown Man hoax may have been uncovered.
In the mid 1990's, an old tool kit was found in a dusty backroom of the Natural History Museum in London.
As time passes, the organic components of bone (mostly fat) are lost primarily through bacterial action.
Since these components contain nitrogen, there is a progressive loss of that element.
We will never know whether he was really the perpetrator, but he is now the leading candidate.
Another candidate was a famous practical joker who lived near the Piltdown gravel deposit during the early 20th century.
At the same time, percolating ground water deposits trace amounts of fluorine and other elements, such as uranium, into the bone.
As a result, the amount of fluorine Fluorine analysis can be used only as a relative dating method because the rate of decay and the amount of dissolved minerals in the ground water varies from site to site.
However, relative methods are , which is that if there are layers of deposits, those laid down first will be on the bottom and those laid down last will be on the top. However, geological strata are not always found to be in a neat chronological order.