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Letter to James Cossar Ewart from A. Irving, 14 August 1913

Identifier: Coll-14/9/19/40

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Irving asks Ewart for his opinion of the paper concerning the Equus robustus horse type, and encloses a copy of the Section D paper from the British Association. He reports that he saw and handled the horse tooth found in the Piltdown gravels, and he believes it to be part of Equus robustus. He wonders whether it would be worth a short note in Nature, and wonders how far back Equus robustus can be traced.


  • Creation: 14 August 1913


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The tooth to which Irving refers was discovered in a Pleistocene gravel pit at Piltdown, Sussex, after the initial excavation of the site in 1912 uncovered the bone fragments which would become known as the 'Piltdown Man' (later exposed as a hoax). Letters to Ewart from Charles Dawson, the original discoverer of the remains, can be found at Coll-14/9/21/14 and Coll-14/9/21/16.


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