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The Illustrations of the Australopithecinæ

Nature volume 158, page 714 (16 November 1946) | Download Citation



IN Nature of June 29, p. 863, there appeared a very appreciative review by Prof. W. E. Le Gros Clark of the recent book on the South African fossil apemen, by Dr. G. W. H. Schepers and myself. There is only one minor point on which I should wish to comment. The reviewer says : “The illustrations, too, while they give a good general impression of the bones, are not sufficiently accurate for comparative studies. For example, the text-figure of the Paranthropus talus, although stated to be natural size, actually represents the bone as somewhat larger than the cast”. The reviewer has assumed that the discrepancy is due to the illustrations being inaccurate. Here he is in error. All the drawings of teeth and bones are, I think, accurate to a millimetre, and most to a fraction of a millimetre. The discrepancy complained of is due to the inaccuracy of the cast.

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