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The Oldoway Human Skeleton


IN NATURE of Feb. 27, p. 312, Messrs. Forster Cooper and Watson set out the reasons by which they are “forced to the conclusion that the Oldoway man reached the position in which he was found by an artificial and probably a relatively recent burial”. Among the reasons which they adduce for this conclusion is the fact that the “skeleton, which is of modern type, with filed teeth, was found completely articulated down even to the phalanges, and in a position of extraordinary contraction”. As field palæontologists, they regard the possibility ofa skeleton getting into the deposits in such a state by natural means as so unlikely, that they find it hard to believe that the skeleton was contemporary with the deposits hi which it lay.

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LEAKEY, L. The Oldoway Human Skeleton. Nature 129, 721–722 (1932).

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