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Letter to James Cossar Ewart from Henry Fairfield Osborn, 24 October 1916

Identifier: Coll-14/9/22/31

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Osborn reports the safe arrival of the Equus caballus and Equus caballus celticus. He feels strongly that the Museum should have Ewart's original type specimen of Equus caballus celticus because it agrees more closely with his original characterisation of the species in the small size of the head. He asks whether it would be practical to have the skin removed and the skeleton sent to them, as the specimen Ewart has sent has a larger head and sloping hind quarters. He reports that he has acquired two specimens of Pliohippus for the Museum, which provides knowledge of the complete skeleton for the first time. He is glad that Ewart liked his book Men of the Old Stone Age, despite a critical review from Smith Woodward in Nature.


  • Creation: 24 October 1916


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1 leaf

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Biographical / Historical

Osborn's book Men of the Old Stone Age: their environment, life and art was published in New York in 1915.


From the Series: 4 boxes