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A New Cave Man from Rhodesia, South Africa

Nature volume 108, pages 371372 (17 November 1921) | Download Citation



DURING recent years the British Museum has received from the Rhodesia Broken Hill Development Co. numerous bones from a cave discovered in their mine in North-west Rhodesia about 150 miles north of the Kafue river. All except the smaller of these bones are merely broken fragments, and they evidently represent the food of men and flesh-eating mammals who have at different times occupied the cave. As described by Mr. Franklin White (Proc. Rhodesia Sci. Assoc., vol. 7, p. 13, 1908) and Mr. F. P. Mennell (Geological Magazine [5], vol. 4, p. 443, 1907), rude stone and bone implements are abundant among the remains, and there can be no doubt that the cave was a human habitation for a long period. Very few of the bones can be exactly named, but, so far as they have been identified by Dr. C. W. Andrews and Mr. E. C. Chubb, they belong to species still living in Rhodesia or to others only slightly different from these. The occupation of the cave, therefore, seems to have been at no distant date—it may not even have been so remote as the Pleistocene period.

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