The Antiquarian Volume 1

The Antiquarian Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ... diverse views in regard to the approximate geological period of Man's first appearance on earth. On the eastern hemisphere, with much perplexing uncertainty in defining the true geological horizons in which undoubted traces of man are founH, the preponderance of evidence seems to establish his first presence there in the late Pliocene or early Pleistocene age. In the drift-covered portion of North America, the testimony of certain rude stones, claimed to have been artificially shaped, discovered in deposits believed to be pre-glacial or inter-glacial, has been thought by some sufficient to fix the date of man's existence here to be contemporaneous with that of the mastodon and elephant, before or during the ice period. The evidences upon which these conclusions were based, however, have recently been subjected to crucial examination and destructive criticism. En passant, we may here remark that we have not yet been made fully acquainted with the results of Mr. Volk's exploration of the Trenton gravels. The eminent scientist under whose supervision the work was done may possiblv favor us with a report of it before the expiration of this century or at some time during the next, and produce proof that will shed new light on the controversy. In his "Antiquity of Man in the Delaware Valley," Professor Mercer recounts his investigations in formations of the same period and contiguous to the Trenton flats, and traces the so-called palaeoliths of the latter from the hills where the argillite blocks were quarried to the workshops where they were rudely fashioned; and clearly shows that these objects, by some regarded as being of glacial or pre-glacial age and the equivalents of the Drift implements of Europe, were the product of Indian...show more

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 381g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236929411
  • 9781236929419