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Obras completas y correspondencia cientifica de Florentino Ameghino

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THE third volume of the handsome collected edition of the late Florentino Ameghino's geological and paleontological works now being issued by the government of the province of Buenos Aires, is a reprint of his treatise on the antiquity of man in La Plata originally published in 1880. Francisco Moreno had then just founded the Anthropological and Archæological Museum at Buenos Aires (afterwards removed to La Plata), and Ameghino himself was studying with Henri Gervais in Paris, where he exhibited part of his collection at the Universal Exposition. The author was thus well furnished with materials, and had unusual opportunities of making himself acquainted with the latest advances in the subject of the antiquity of man. While describing the results of his own researches, he therefore took the opportunity of making many references to European and North American work which were illuminating. His volume is a most exhaustive discussion of the remains of the handiwork of prehistoric man discovered in Argentina, illustrated by twenty-five large plates. Of the skeleton of man himself no important fragments had at that time been found. The geological observations are particularly valuable and interesting, and Ameghino seems to make it quite clear for the first time that the man of the pampas was a contemporary of the extinct glyptodonts or giant armadillos, and actually used their large bony carapaces as roofs for his lowly habitations. Although naturally out-of-date, the whole treatise is a valuable record of facts and observations, in which the reprint will stimulate renewed interest.

Obras completas y correspondencia cientifica de Florentino Ameghino.

Volumen 3. La Antigüedad del Hombre en el Plata. Dirigida por Alfredo J. Torcelli. Pp. 821. (La Plata: Taller de Impresiones Oficiales, 1915.) n.p.

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