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.
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It cannot be denied as a very embarrassing hoax that tricked even the scientific community for decades.
It is readily admitted that many scientists believed in Piltdown Man wholeheartedly and made some rather foolish statements concerning the meaning of this "find." It is also admitted that Piltdown Man's general acceptance as a "missing link" was due to the fact that it matched the prevailing opinion of the time as to what such as missing link would look like.
Until we secure more of the dentition, or parts of the skull or of the skeleton, we cannot be certain whether However, even if Osborn made some foolish statements about Nebraska Man, the claim is that most other scientists of the day did not even think that the Nebraska Man tooth was from a primate at all.
In fact, the tooth was generally dismissed and had a negligible effect on the scientific thinking of the day.
As we know nothing of the creature's form, his reconstruction is merely the expression of an artist's brilliant imaginative genius.