Season 32, Episode 10 The Boldest Hoax

First Aired: January 11, 2005

“The Boldest Hoax” chronicles English fossil hunter Charles Dawson's 1912 discovery of the “missing link” between apes and humans---and the discovery that this “Piltdown Man” was a fraud some 40 years later. “Were monkeys being made of the scientists?” wonders Richard Millner of the American Museum of Natural History. Certainly. But who might have done it, and why? Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle had both motive and opportunity, but suspicion falls most heavily on Dawson himself.

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  • Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)

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