On two Tasmanian Crania (Immature)
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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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.
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