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April 19, 1919


JAMA. 1919;72(16):1159-1160. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610160043013

In our Correspondence Department this week we publish a letter from J. Reid Moir of Ipswich, England, in regard to a fossil human jawbone found at Foxhall. As will be noticed, the object of Mr. Moir's communication to The Journal is to secure, if possible, some trace of the jawbone, which Mr. Moir believes to be in the United States. While not strictly medical, the subject of the antiquity of man, as revealed by fossil fragments such as this, is of special interest to most physicians. Prof. Frederick Starr of the Department of Anthropology of the University of Chicago is inclined to believe that this fragment probably is not of the Pliocene period.

The jawbone mentioned in Mr. Moir's letter, caused considerable talk a half century ago. It is said to have been found in "coprolite" digging at Foxhall, near Ipswich, Suffolk, in 1855. It came into Dr. Collyer's hands

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