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November 14, 1925


JAMA. 1925;85(20):1570-1571. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670200048017

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The Earliest London Woman  At a meeting of the Zoological Society, Mr. Warren R. Dawson and Prof. Elliot Smith exhibited what appear to be the earliest fossilized human remains discovered in London. They consist of the posterior two thirds of the cranium of a woman, estimated to be about 45 years of age from the condition of the sutures. The bony matter was so mineralized that there could be no question of its being the familiar case of a modern skull getting into a pit. The skull was found during recent excavations in connection with building operations in the city, 26 feet below the level of the street. The deposit there is Pleistocene river gravel. Remains of the mammoth had been obtained previously in the same area, both above and below the level at which the skull was found and at a deeper level of the deposit, part of the

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