Science: Oldest Man?

A letter from Africa last week interested the meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Manhattan. Wrote Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey, digger in East Africa: "It is almost beyond question that the skeleton of a human being found by Professor Hans Reck in 1913 is the oldest known authentic skeleton of Homo sapiens."

Professor Reck found the skeleton in a district of Tanganyika Territory (then German East Africa) called Oldoway (pronounced Oldo-wah-ee) or "place of fossils." It is the complete fossilized skeleton of a grown man lying on his right side, with...

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