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Draft letter to Herbrand Arthur Russell, 11th Duke of Bedford from James Cossar Ewart, 14 January 1909
Irving writes that he has compared a horse skull at the Geological Museum with that of the Stortford skeleton and concludes that the former resembles the two skulls of Ewart's from Newstead. The skull was found in a brick yard in Melton Mowbray. Irving provides a table of comparative measurements for the Stortford and Melton Mowbray horse skulls.
Irving writes that he could not get hold of any copies of the abstract of his paper on the Solutré horse, but that his presentation of it went well. He acknowledges Ewart's help with his work with the Equus robustus.
Irving writes that he has had the opportunity to inspect several 'mustangs' in a stud, and was struck by their resemblance to the Stortford horse, except in the development of the hind quarters. He speculates that differences in the development of the hind quarters in various breeds may be connected to how hilly their local region is.
Irving writes that since he read his paper on the Solutré horse at Birmingham, another molar of Equus robustus has been excavated, and provides measurements. He asks for Ewart's advice on publishing his paper.
Irving mentions that he has been able to show that the formula for the 'coffin-bones' of prehistoric horses doesn't work. However, he does confirm that the metacarpals of the Stortford horse are identical with those of the 'pleistocene' horses of Ilford in the Thames Valley and Grantchester.
Lang thanks Ewart for his pamphlet on 'Paleolithic and other horses'. He states that the idea that Neolithic man came from Asia seems to be going out of fashion.
The year does not appear on the letter.
Coomaraswamy provides an Icelandic word relating to 'tail locks', suggesting that the manoeuvre of 'turning tail' to leave off grazing was known to Icelanders, or perhaps even to Scandinavia before the settlement of Iceland.
Burrill writes that the State of Missouri Resources Museum Commission have been trying to gather Museum exhibits showing the ancestry of various breeds of livestock. He asks Ewart whether Bos taurus primigenius and longifrons are types of the same species, and also where they might find pictures of animals from the pre-Christian era.