Fossil Men And Their Modern Representatives; An Attempt To Illustrate The Characters And Condition…

Paperback | February 2, 2012

bySir John William Dawson

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII. ANTIQUITY OF MAN. It is difficult to arrive at any conclusion as to the duration of the human period in America. If we were to accept without question the statements which have been made as to the finding of flint implements and a human skull in the ancient gold gravels of California, we might carry back the human occupancy of America even into the Pliocene age, or further than any authentic remains have yet carried it in Europe. But these reports so require confirmation that we cannot rest on them. The same remark may be made with regard to the discovery of implements and human bones in those more modern estuarine and lacustrine deposits in which the bones of the mastodon are entombed, though a sufficient number of probable indications appear to make it not unlikely that man had reached America before the disappearance of the mastodon. If so, there was an ancient American population little known to us, and coeval with the oldest cave-men of Europe, and who possibly, like these old cave-men, may have been swept away before the advent of the more modern races. It is remarkable, however, that some of the indications relied on as evidence of this early race, would go to show a degree of culture equal to that of the more civilized modern tribes. Of this kind are the beautiful polished plummet or ornament, and polished spear heads, found in the California auriferous gravel at great depths, and the baskets and pottery described by Hilgard and Fontaine from the salt-beds of Petite Anse. To the same effect is the fact stated by Professor Wyman, that the Calaveras skull from the gravels of California is of the ordinary American type, and rather larger in cranial capacity than those of the modern Indians of the same region. Still, the probability is t...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII. ANTIQUITY OF MAN. It is difficult to arrive at any conclusion as to the duration of the human period in America....

Format:PaperbackDimensions:84 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217834523

ISBN - 13:9780217834520

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