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

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                                Par) In the restoration of the Tilbury skeleton the pelvis has, already, been 
alluded to, as fragmentarily represented. The very size of the pelvis,
far from favouring its preservation, hastened its destruction: the pick 
of the ‘Excavator’ smashed it and the pieces were scattered by the 
‘Shoveller ‘: the two preserved portions are strictly human and support 
the inference as to the rest. The skull also received a blow; but the 
‘Rescuer’ came in time to provide the anatomist with portions which 
have yielded <s>such<\s> acceptable characters of an Anthropoid variety.
Par) The individual whose dead body found its grave in the sandy 
stratum, now 32 feet below the present level of the Essex bank of 
the Thames, trod a ground which has since subsided lower 
than the contiguous bed of that <s>Thames <\s> river, and has received successive 
deposits of mud, peat, mud, peat, mixed mud and peat,
mud again, and, above that, clay forming the present surface 
of the ground. The tribe of men represented by the above described 
remains lived and roamed over part of the great anglo-europeo-
asiatic, mammoth-haunted, continent. As yet I have had 
no evidence of any of the human-kind having been in existence 
at an older or former geological period.
The oldest known tool fashioned by human hands - the 
unpolished flint adze -, is, so far as I can learn, the sole evidence 
recorded - at least in the river-side locality whence the 
my present subject - was exhumed.
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Richard Owen
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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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