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Homo sapiens in Australia contemporary with Homo neanderthalensis in Europe


THE interesting article by Prof. Wood Josnes1 on the recently discovered Keilor skull and its bearing on the antiquity of man in Australia invites attention to the fact that Homo sapiens occurs in Australia in a Pleistocene deposit. I should like to stress an important implication of this discovery, namely, that if the age of the skull as suggested by Mahony2 can be confirmed, a form of Homo sapiens existed in Australia when Homo neanderthalensis lived in Europe.

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  1. NATURE, 153, 211 (1944).

  2. Mem. Nat. Mus. Melbourne, 13, 79 (1943).

  3. Proc. Roy. Soc. Vict., 53, 233 (1941).

  4. "Univ. Lond. Inst. Arch. Geochron. Tables", 2 (1940).

  5. For map, see Trans. Zool. Soc. Land., 25, 154 (1943).

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ZEUNER, F. Homo sapiens in Australia contemporary with Homo neanderthalensis in Europe. Nature 153, 622–623 (1944).

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