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PRIMIGENIAL SKELETONS.

called. But then we must remember that this may not have been the original soil in which they first lay, for the very reason that it is alluvial and could have been formed afterward. In 1852 human bones were found in a cave at Aurignac, near the foot of the Pyrenees, In caves in the valley of the Meuse, near Liege, three human skeletons with flint knives and a mammoth's tooth were found. In 1858 human bones were found in Brixham cave

PSM V48 D033 Paleolithic remains discovered near menton 1892.jpg

Photograph of some of the Palæolithic Remains discovered in the Caves near Mentone, in February, 1892. A, B, skulls of two of the three skeletons; C, chains formed of fish bones strung together by the holes with which they were found to have been pierced; D, carved reindeer teeth strung together by the holes with which they were found to have been pierced; E, flint knives, etc.; F, carved hones, shaped as if to be tied round the middle by a string, and possibly worn round the neck or wrist as an ornament or "totem." (See note, page 12, Facts about Pompeii; Hazell, Watson & Viney, London.) Reproduced by the kind permission of M. Bertrand, Mentone.

near Torquay. In 1863 a human tooth and jawbone with flint instruments and the bones of extinct animals were found in a gravel pit at Montin-Guignon. In North America human bones have been found in the caverns of Kentucky, and in South America in caverns in Brazil. In the Dordogne caves in central France were found perforated teeth, vertebræ, and shells of Cypræa, and still more important the bones of mammoth and