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March 7, 1925


JAMA. 1925;84(10):762-763. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660360044020

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The Taungs Skull Discovery  Professor Dart of the Witwatersrand University, South Africa, has discovered a fossil skull at Taungs, 1,000 miles south of Broken Hill, Rhodesia, to which he has given the name of Australopithecus africanus. He believes that it fills the gap between the most primitive of men and the most advanced of apes. The Taungs individual he describes as not a human being, and yet much more intelligent than a gorilla or chimpanzee, the highest of living apes. He was unable to talk, but his brain was advanced in the direction required in an ancestor whose offspring were to attain ultimately power of communicating with their fellows by the symbolism of speech. He is therefore to be regarded, not as an apelike man, but rather as a manlike ape, and he reveals to us that period of human evolution more remote than the pithecanthropus early in the Pliocene

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