The Piltdown Man

The “Piltdown Man” is a famous hoax consisting of fragments of a skull and jawbone collected in 1912 from a gravel pit at Piltdown, a village near Uckfield, East Sussex. The fragments were thought by many experts of the day to be the fossilised remains of a hitherto unknown form of early human. The Latin name Eoanthropus dawsoni (“Dawson’s dawn-man”, after the collector Charles Dawson) was given to the specimen.

We found him, lying there

“Dawn man”, Darwin’s man

Mouth wide open

Stuck in the mud

Trapped by a higher mind

We tripped upon him

Monkey man

Ave Verum Corpus

His Fragments fit like a puzzle

The picture on the box is a mirror

What do you see, Mr. Dawson?

Do you see the real you? The original you?

Do you see your mother? Do you feel her warm arms?

Do you see your cozy home

when you touch his cold bones?

Do you now know why you cried when Lucy sent you that punishing letter?

Or why your best friend in childhood died from T.B.?

What do you see?

Don’t be disappointed.

You discovered something far more significant

than if the skeleton had been real:

The inner man; the mortal man; the prime man evil

Desperately rationalizing

His own existence.

By calculation, hoax, or naive sincerity

Yes, Professor Dawson

You have found the Dawn Man