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Recent Exploration in the Mentone Caves

Nature volume 71, pages 276277 (19 January 1905) | Download Citation



PROF. MARCELLIN BOULE has recently been studying the deposits in the well known caves of the Rochers rouges (Baoussé-roussé of local patois) near Mentone, and read a paper on his results before the Société géologique de France in the early part of last year, which is published in the society's Bulletin (No. 1). Since the original discovery by M. Rivière of a human skeleton in one of these caves, the question of the age of their deposits has been debated with much warmth, but without any satisfactory result. In. recent years the caves have been carefully and systematically explored under the direction of the Prince of Monaco, with the result that a great number of fossils have been obtained. Prof. Boule's researches were conducted chiefly from the geological standpoint with the view of determining the age of the deposits, and of throwing light upon the much debated question of the oscillations of sea-level in recent times on the Mediterranean seaboard.

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