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Boldest Hoax, The
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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In 1912, amateur fossil hunter Charles Dawson made the shattering claim that he'd discovered the bones of a primitive human in a gravel pit at Piltdown, Sussex. Believing this was the long-sought evidence of the "Missing Link" between apes and mankind, British scientists were suddenly at the forefront of the worldwide quest for human origins. It took 40 years for the shocking truth to emerge: the Piltdown man was not a scientific treasure but a fiendishly elaborate hoax. Since this unmasking, suspicion has fallen not only on Dawson but on a host of possible conspirators, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of Sherlock Holmes. NOVA reviews the gallery of suspects and the twists and turns of the bizarre, unsolved story of science's greatest fraud, which still teases and tantalizes investigators today.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Boldest Hoax, The,” 12/15/2004, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 27, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D129F2CE4094421994E15D64EC070DBA.
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