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

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                                been able to light on. The reason why human bones are 
not found amongst the fossils of the Mammoth, horse,
Bison and Reindeer are many “ - “Human bones, he continues are very 
liable to decay; few bones so small as human bones are 
ever found. Primaeval men may have buried the dead, 
but if the bodies were left unburied, hyaenas or other 
animals would eat every scrap. Still the human pelvic 
bones are large and heavy enough for preservation; and,
no doubt the time will some day arrive when human 
bones will be found and we shall be able to build up 
human skeletons of Palaeolithic age.”1/
Par) It has been a chief pleasure of the foregoing descrip-
tions and comparisons to <s>fulfil <\s> confirm the diligent tool-describers’
prevision, and to fulfil his requirements.
The carefully ascertained depth, with the number and 
nature of the formations superimposed on the grave 
of my present subject, supplemented by the measurements 
of the metrical relations of those strata to the ‘Ordnance 
Datum Line ‘, amply testify to the antiquity of 
the Human Remains which form the subject 
of the present contribution to the records of the 
<s>Anthropological Institute <\s>
1/ Loc. cit. p. 114.
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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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