Description of Parts of a Human Skeleton from Pleistocene (Paleolithic) Bed, Tilbury, Essex

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                                with weopens not greatly in advance of palaeolithic ones.
Smaller mammals such as the Rhinoceros, Horse, Bison,
primigenial Ox, Musk-sheep, Megaceros, Lion, Bear, Hyaena, Wolf, -
remains of <s>wh<\s> all which kinds I have recieved from formations 
in the present banks of the Thames corresponding with those 
at Tilbury, were objects of exciting chase, or trap-capture, 
and, doubtless, of occasional deadly combat. The ill-cooked 
flesh of such prey would be gnawed down by the hungry 
hunters to the periosteum and bone.
Par) Vegetable food would be obtained from the wild, uncultivated 
sources. Some fruits, such as the crab-apple, the sloe, the 
hip, the haw, would be dainties contributed by <s>of<\s> short and special 
seasons; they could not be stored. But the hazel nuts,
beech-mast, acorns, might be collected in quantities, &
kept for a longer period, when the vegetable might be 
combined with animal diet. The preparation of such 
harder fruits for deglutition polished away the crowns 
of the few remaining teeth of the ancient dweller of 
the Thames Valley. As youth passed and manhood’s 
vigour failed, the vegetable sustenance would be more 
sought after.
To the geological part of my present subject I have nothing 
to add. The existence of Mankind in what, now, is Britain,
but at the period when its insulation by British & German 
seas
                            
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Author
Richard Owen
Reference
AP/62/6
Series
AP
Date
1883
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Description of Parts of a Human Skeleton from Pleistocene (Paleolithic) Bed, Tilbury, Essex, 1883. From The Royal Society, AP/62/6

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