Thursday, July 28, 2011

Curator of Kansas City Museum Likens Local Find of a Giant Skull to Spy Neanderthal

Marion Daily Star, April 7, 1902


Important Scientific Discovery on a Kansas Farm

Made While Digging a Tunnel

The Long Looked For Proof That North America Was Inhabited By Man During the Great Ice Period Will Be Furnished It Is Believed, By This Find
     The public museum of Kansas City is to be enriched by the addition of the skull and other Fragmentary bones of a prehistoric man that were found a few days ago deep in a hillside of a Kansas farm ar a point about two miles in a Northeasterly direction from Lansing, says the Kansas City Star.   The skull and other bones and their geological environment indicate the skeleton to have been that of a primitive man of the glacial or great ice period centuries ago.
     That mankind existed during the glacial period has been established by discoveries in Europe, and while it has been presumed that man also lived in America at the same time, no dubitable evidence of the fact has heretofore been obtained.
      When the skull was found, it was not thought to have any scientific value. Several days ago M. C. Long curator of the Kansas City public museum, and Edwin Butts, civil engineer for the Metropolitan Street Railway company, both enthusiastic archaeologist, went to the place of the discovery and secured the fragments of the skeleton and brought them to Kansas City. Both Mr. Long and Mr. Butts are enthusiastic over the discovery. From the appearance of the skull and its position in the earth they are convinced it is that of a glacial man. If this fact be established, it will be the first proof of the kind found on the North American continent. In a short time the skull will be placed on view in the public museum. The facts of the discovery have been communicated to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington.
        The find was made on the farm of Thomas and M. Cohncannon. They were digging a tunnel into a grerat hill on their farm with the purpose of using the excavation as a storage place for apples and other fruits. They dug directly into the side of the hill. The skull was found about sixty five feet in. Other bones of the skeleton were beside it. One of the farmers drove a pickax through the skull in loosening it from its stony bed, and later bones fell on it, so that it was broken into half a dozen pieces, but Mr. Long has cemented it together. The skull is that of a man with hardly any forehead. Directly back from the eyes receads the frontal bone. The fragments found shop he had a big jaw. The skull is very thick and strong, and its back part is broad and well developed. The phrenologist avert that this development at the back shows an abnormal nature. But there is no noble dome, no high and rounding forehead, that shows the development of intelligence.
       The skull practically intact, a portion of the lower jaw, a part of a thigh bone and several other fragments were found. The bones indicate the man to have been large. The head is small. The orbits for the eyes are close together and appear exceptionally large. Over the orbits are well developed ridges that probably denote perceptive faculties. The bones were found huddled together. They lay partially imbeded in hardpan. A close and exhaustive investigation showed that the various strata of rocks and soils and the “water markshad never been disturbed vertically and neither had there been any lateral disturbance of the hill. The skeleton evidently had been deposited there before the great mass of rock and soil above and about it. Had mound builders or Indians ever dug deep into the hill they could not have avoided leaving traces of their excavation.
     “When we first heard of the find, we deemed it the usual story of a ‘mound burial,’ said Mr. Long the other day. “our investigation shows beyond all doubt that is a skeleton of a man of the glacial period.. After a most exhaustive investigation, Mr. Butts and I reached the conclusion the skeleton was deposited there during the glacial period or drift. How long ago the ice period was is not definitely known; 50,000 years perhaps; perhaps much longer.
       “The evidence is very conclusive that this was not a burial or intrusive deposit, as there was no evidence of any disturbance of the earth. The great depth at which the skeleton was found precludes any idea of a usual burial, and the stratification of the earth both over and under the skeleton shows that the bones lay ther while the mass of soil was deposited over them. Attached to the skull is a kind of stony formation or cement, such as is usually found attached to bones of the mastodon and quite similar to the formation found in the jaws of the mastadon in the public museum.”
     Mr Long says that the ground around which the skeleton was found shows, conclusive evidence of its glacial formation. Comparison of this skull with photographic illustrations of the skull of the “Man of Spy,” a famous skeleton found in a cave in Belgium, shows them to be practically alike.

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