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Evolution of the Dentition of the Orang-Utan

Nature volume 162, pages 306307 (21 August 1948) | Download Citation



DURING his searches for the remains of the forerunner of man, beginning in 1887 and covering a span of more than twelve years, the late Prof. Eugene Dubois collected prehistoric and fossil teeth of the orang-utan in the islands of Sumatra and Java. Dubois has always been very guarded in his comments on the prehistoric teeth ; but the fossil have received much attention because they were ascribed to Pithecanthropus erectus. The results of a recent study made by me on this material* are summarized here.

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