Human Jaw of Palæolithic Age from Kent's Cavern

Abstract

MR. HUNT is under a misapprehension regarding my criticism of Prof. Boyd Dawkins's communication at the Anthropological Section of the British Association at Dundee. In making the important announcement that the remains of Neanderthal man had been discovered in England, Prof. Dawkins exhibited merely a rough sketch of a fragment of a human jaw—not the actual specimen itself. So far as the sketch went it showed none of the usual Neanderthal characters. Further, he was unable to say from which stratum of the floor of Kent's Cavern the original specimen had been derived. My criticism of “ridiculous” and “unscientific” applies merely to the fact that the meeting was asked to accept the discovery of Neanderthal man in England on a specimen which was absent and of uncertain origin. From Mr. Hint's communication it is clear that the exact origin of the specimen could have been ascertained. I firmly believe that the remains of Neanderthal man will be discovered in England—it may be that Dr. Duck-worth is right regarding the specimen from Kent's Cavern—but the discovery cannot be accepted unless the evidence is produced.

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