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April 19, 1919

THE FOXHALL FOSSIL HUMAN JAWBONE

JAMA. 1919;72(16):1179. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610160063022

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —In the year 1867, a Dr. Robert Hanham Collyer published an account of a fossil human jawbone which was found at a place called Foxhall, near Ipswich. In the days when this specimen was discovered, it was regarded as being in every way improbable that the human race was in existence in the Pliocene period to which the jaw was referred. But our knowledge has now greatly advanced, and we have now found flint implements at the same geological horizon at which the Foxhall jaw occurred. Prof. Arthur Keith, of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and I are therefore anxious to know the whereabouts of Dr. Collyer's specimen so that it may be examined afresh in the light of our present knowledge. But, unfortunately, we cannot come on traces of it. It appears that Dr. Collyer was registered, June 23, 1868, with the General Medical

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