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“The Recent Origin of Man”

Nature volume 13, page 510 | Download Citation



THE letter of the author of the above work in NATURE, vol. xiii. p. 484, presents two points which demand an answer. 1. The reviewer is asked for his authority for the statement that palæolithic implements have been met with in Asia Minor. It is to be found in Evans' “Ancient Stone Implements,” p. 571, and in Dawkins' “Cave-Hunting,” p. 429. The discovery was made by the Abbé Richard between Mount Tabor and the Sea of Tiberias. 2. My opinion, which is also shared by some of the leading archæologists of Britain, that the interments at Solutré have not been proved to be palæolithic, has unfortunately evoked a charge of “ignorance and treacherous memory” from the author. I would merely remark that I am not ignorant of the account of Solutré in the “Matériaux,” and in the “Archives du Muséum de Lyon,” the latter of which is apparently unknown to the author, nor has my memory failed me concerning the debate on Solutré at the French Association, and the human skulls and implements which I then saw. Mr. Southall's argument as to the modern date of some of the reindeer, based on the percentage of gelatine in their bones, may be left to the tender mercies of Mr. Evans, and the comparison of the finely-chipped implements, with the Danish Neolithic finds, to those of M. de Mortillet, who takes them to be typical of one of the stages of the palæolithic period.

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