Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Telegram announcing the discovery of 'Swanscombe Man'

Telegram announcing discovery of 'Swanscombe Man'
BGS image ID: P827762
This telegram from June 1935 announced the discovery of the first skull fragment of what would become known as 'Swanscombe Man'. It was sent by dental surgeon and amateur palaeontologist Alvan Theophilus Marston (1889-1971) to Henry Dewey (1876-1965) at the Geological Survey.  
 
In March 1936 Marston found another piece of the same skull and in July 1955 archaeologist John Wymer found a third fragment. It is now generally believed that 'Swanscombe Man' is actually a woman.

Andrew L Morrison

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