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The Sterckfontein Ape

Nature volume 139, page 326 (20 February 1937) | Download Citation



THE letter from Dr. E. Schwarz which appeared in NATURE of December 5 shows, I think, the necessity for some hesitation before coming to any definite conclusion as to the affinities of Australopithecus. Dr. Schwarz considers it ” very probable that Australopithecus was a pigmy gorilla”; and he has compared it with the dwarf chimpanzee of the Congo (Pan satyrus panicus). It is unnecessary at this stage to criticize in detail Dr. Schwarz's views, but the fact that other prominent anatomists have come to quite different opinions shows that we are not yet able finally to place it.

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