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Notes on the Tasmanian Amorpholithes

Noetling, Fritz 1907 , 'Notes on the Tasmanian Amorpholithes' , Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania , pp. 1-44 .

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The application of the terms: Eolithic, Palaeolithic,
and even Neolithic to designate certain groups of stone
implements, has of late become very erratic and uncertain.
There is a large group of
implements which leave no doubt that it was the intention,
the will of their makers to produce a certain, well-defined
form. These implements bearing evidence of the intention
or will to produce a certain shape may be conveniently
termed : Morpholithes.
The other large group represents
all those numerous, shapeless implements, which bear
no evidence of the maker's will or intention to produce a
definite shape. This group of implements may fitly be
termed: Amorpholithes.
It will at once be seen that the Amorpholithes represent
a lower technical stage than the Morpholithes, and
that of necessity they are not so conspicuous objects as the
I therefore divide the Araorpholithes into two groups,
viz :—Eolithes and Archaeolithes.
The cave deposits which most certainly exist in Tasmania
will have to be examined, and the question whether
there is any relationship between the extinct fauna occuring
on King's Island, and the former inhabitants will have
carefully to be gone into.
After all these questions have been studied and decided
one way or other, we will be in a much better position
to settle the antiquity of the Eolithic-Archaeolithic civilisation
in Tasmania. In the meantime our most urgent
duty is to collect as much information about the occurence
of the relics of a race that became extinct within the
memory of the present generation, or else a time will come
when it is again "too late" and a future generation will
blame us for our omissions.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Noetling, Fritz
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

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