Severino Baraldi (biography)Medium:
Gouache on BoardSize:
10" x 8" (255mm x 210mm)Date:
1972This is the unique original Gouache painting by Severino Baraldi.
Piltdown Man; the "discovery" imagined. The evolutionary missing link that was "The Piltdown Man" was of course a famous hoax. This feature explained the history of the scam including this evocative imagining of the alleged discovery.
The Piltdown Man was a paleoanthropological fraud in which bone fragments were presented as the fossilised remains of a previously unknown early human. Although there were doubts about its authenticity virtually from the beginning, the remains were still broadly accepted for many years, and the falsity of the hoax was only definitively demonstrated in 1953.
An extensive scientific review in 2016 established that amateur archaeologist Charles Dawson was its likely perpetrator.
Original artwork from World of Wonder Annual 1973.