In the past, relative dating methods often were the only ones available to paleoanthropologists.
As a result, it was difficult to chronologically compare fossils from different parts of the world.
That man was a medical doctor by training and therefore had the necessary skills to carry off the hoax.
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.Unfortunately, by 195 Piltdown Man Hoax--an explanation of one of the greatest frauds in the history of science This link takes you to an audio file at an external website.To return here, you can click the "back" button on your browser program.It was popularly referred to as "the missing link" in human evolution.
In This was verified through the use of X-ray fluorescence examination.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.For instance, if we find a fossil bone below the strata 3 rock level shown above, we assume that the animal most likely lived at a time before that layer was formed.However, we must be careful to note whether or not the fossil comes from the mixed strata zone of the filled in hole..The skull and jaw clearly were not from the same time period.