The Wizard of Sussex
Matthew Nolte Evans
Fifty years after Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species was published, no "missing link" had yet been uncovered to prove the descent of man, and in a time when the British Empire championed such nationalism of explorers and discoverers, the man who could prove the theory of evolution would most certainly be knighted and catapulted into celebrity. And he was...well, almost. The Wizard of Sussex is a satire that follows Charles Dawson, the Edwardian amateur antiquarian whose 1912 discovery of Piltdown Man was hailed as Darwin's "missing link." Now considered the greatest scientific hoax of all time, this tale of skullduggery and ambition is explored as Dawson's doomed creation unravels around him. Based on a true story.