The Ape Man That Never Was

Duration: 49 minutes

First transmitted in 1973, Chronicle reports on the controversy surrounding the bones found in Piltdown, Sussex some 70 years ago that some claimed were the "missing link" between man and ape.

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    Archaeology Collection (Sir Mortimer Wheeler)
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Glyn Daniel
Geoffrey Hinsliff
J.S. Weiner
Kenneth Oakley
Paul Jordan
Executive Producer
Paul Johnstone


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