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Discovery of a Lower Molar of Australopithecus

Nature volume 140, pages 681682 (16 October 1937) | Download Citation



ABOUT a year ago I announced the discovery of a new specimen of a fossil anthropoid from a cave at Sterkfontein, near Krugersdorp, Transvaal. The specimen consists of the nearly complete brain cast, most of the base of the skull, with both maxillæ in fair preservation. Of the teeth we have on the right side the second premolar and the three molars, and on the left side both premolars and the first and second molars. In addition we have the socket of the right canine, and those of the left canine and both incisors fairly well preserved. It is thus possible to make a satisfactory restoration of the whole upper dentition.

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  1. Transvaal Museum, Pretoria, South Africa. Sept. 21.

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