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

Paperback | February 4, 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. 1880. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OP PEE-HISTORIC MEN. The part of our subject on which we now enter may well be compared to the prospect presented to the prophet Ezekiel when he was introduced to a valley filled with bones, and observed that they were "very dry." Yet if the reader will bear with a little disquisition on the dry bones of pre-historic humanity, we may promise him that in the end we shall find that these bones will come together and be clothed with flesh, and that their owners will fall into the ranks of the great army of mankind as known to us in our more modern times. The attempts which have been made to draw such lines of distinction as would serve for race characters between the different varieties of man have necessarily been only partially successful, since these race characters shade into each other, and this in several directions, depending on the particular lines of comparison followed. More particularly, when we have merely bones to rely on, classification becomes less satisfactory; and though it is easy to divide any number of skulls into dolichocephalous, or longheaded, and brachycephalous, or shoxt-headed, and these again into those that are orthognathous or N prognathous, that is, with more or less prominent jaws and retreating forehead, yet these pass into each other by imperceptible gradations, and the differences are not altogether coincident with those of race as established on other grounds. I have long thought that this matter of comparison of skulls and skeletons requires to be placed on a somewhat different basis, which is well indicated in the note furnished by Professor Huxley to Sir Charles Lyell in connection with the pre-historic skulls of the Belgian and Neanderthal caves. He contents himself with a broad dis...

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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. 1880. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OP PEE-HISTORIC MEN. The part of our subject on which we now enter may well be compared ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:82 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217834566

ISBN - 13:9780217834568

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