Arthur Smith Woodward

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Woodward, Arthur Smith


Born May 23, 1864, in Macklesfield; died Sept. 2, 1944, in Haywards Heath. English paleontologist, member of the London Royal Society (1901). Assistant, later curator, of the department of geology of the British Museum (1882-1924).

Woodward’s basic research dealt with fossil fish, mainly of the Mesozoic era. In 1913 he described the remains of the fossil Piltdown man.


The Fossil Fishes of the English Chalk. London, 1902-12.
The Wealden and Purbek Fishes. London, 1915-17.
Catalogue of the Fossil Fishes in the British Museum, vols. 1-4. London, 1889-1901.
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Arthur Smith Woodward, an expert on fossil fish and Keeper of Palaeontology at the British Museum (Natural History), made the official announcement of the discovery of 'Piltdown Man' (Eoanthropus dawsoni) on 18 December 1912 at Burlington House in London.
The dinosaur specimens were en route to Sir Arthur Smith Woodward, keeper of the British Museum's natural history department.
According to the theory, Hinton planted a number of specially stained human and orangutan remains in a gravel pit in Piltdown to discredit his boss, Arthur Smith Woodward, who ran the paleontology department at the Natural History Museum in London.