Science: Living Stone Age

Out of southeastern Brazil last week came a strange tale of Stone Age savages living furtive lives only a few score miles from modern civilization.

Sixteenth century Portuguese explorers heard rumors of unusually primitive Indians in the state of Paraná. They saw none of them, and the steep, jungle-tangled Serra dos Dourados mountains in the western part of the state deflected both settlers, missionaries and slave hunters. Nothing more was reported about the primitives until 1906, when a Czech scientist named Albert Fritsch made a field trip into the region and met some comparatively advanced Indians dragging three captives who spoke an...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!