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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.
This relative dating method is based on the fact that there are specific progressive chemical changes in skeletal remains that result from burial underground.
(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.
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.