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Letter to James Cossar Ewart from Sir William Ridgeway, 28 January 1903

Identifier: Coll-14/9/9/9

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Ridgeway states that he would very much appreciate a cliche of 'Matopo' (a zebra stallion). He adds that he has some blocks of the Kilimanjaro and Somali zebra that would be of interest to Ewart in his research on the zebra. He thinks that his knowledge of the Achaen horse would be of interest to Ewart, as he believes them to be the same as both the small horses of Northern Britain in the time of Caesar, and those of the Danube area. He discusses the spread of the horse into Africa. He agrees that the Somali zebra and the North African horse are probably strands of the same species.

Regarding the assertions of Louis Capitan and Henri Breuil regarding two breeds of horses shown at the Combarelles caves, Ridgeway has serious reservations. He elaborates his theory by analysing the physical characteristics of the horses. He mentions a paper by Salensky which he would like to borrow. Bateson and Hayes will shortly be visiting him, and he wishes Ewart could join them.


  • Creation: 28 January 1903


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