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On two Tasmanian Crania (Immature)

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Crowther, William L (1929) On two Tasmanian Crania (Immature). Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 123-127. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

In describing these two crania I am infiuenced by the comparative rarity of such specimens, and the opportunity, now offered, of comparison with the adult Crania in the large collection of the Tasmanian Museum. There remain for description of this extinct race the Crania of only eight children (of which one is of doubtful authcnticity), (1899, p. 191). The Crania under consideration are as follows: A). Cranium of a child of about 6 years or a little more, with the Mandible in situ. This was found by Dr. Inglis Clark and myself about Christmas, 1908, at Oyster Cove. B). The Cranium of a child of 6-7 years discovered by Mrs. R. W. Legge, on the West Coast of Tasmania, in the summer of 1927. It will be of interest to see to what extent the features, that are regarded as typical of the Adult Tasmanian Cranium, are present in these immature types. In Conclusion, generally, it may be said that in their Physical Characters both these immature Crania conform to the Adult types of their race, and could be distinguished by their Tasmanian characteristics. Neither, however, shows the very typical carination of the Vault of the Cranium. The Facial Features are worthy of detailed attention, in a larger series of skullls; as it seems that in early life a marked width of the face at the expense of its Height is not pronounced.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 123-127
ISSN: 0080-4703
Additional Information: Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania
Date Deposited: 12 May 2012 05:24
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:31
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/13199
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