Kenneth Oakley

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Kenneth Oakley
Kenneth Page Oakley

7 April 1911
Died2 November 1981(1981-11-02) (aged 70)
Known forrelative dating of fossils by fluorine content
AwardsPrestwich Medal (1963)
Scientific career
Fieldsphysical anthropologist

Kenneth Page Oakley (7 April 1911 – 2 November 1981) was an English physical anthropologist, palaeontologist and geologist.

Oakley, known for his work in the relative dating of fossils by fluorine content,[1][2] was instrumental in the exposure[3] in the 1950s of the Piltdown Man hoax.

Oakley was born and died in Amersham, Buckinghamshire.


  • Piltdown man, Bobbs-Merrill, 1955
  • Man the Tool-Maker, Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History), 1949, 6th edition 1972
  • The succession of life through geological time, British Museum, 1967
  • Frameworks for dating fossil man, Weidenfeld & Nicolson; 3rd ed, 1969
  • Catalogue of Fossil Hominids: Africa, British Museum, 1977
  • Catalogue of Fossil Hominids: Americas, Asia, Australia, Smithsonian Institution Proceedings, 1981
  • Relative dating of the fossil hominids of Europe, British Museum, 1980


  1. ^ "Kenneth Oakley". Encyclopædia Britannica online.
  2. ^ Devon Lippincott. "Kenneth Page Oakley". Minnesota State University, Mankato EMuseum. Archived from the original on 31 August 2006.
  3. ^ Sarah Lyall (25 May 1996). "Piltdown Man Hoaxer: Missing Link Is Found". The New York Times.