The most wonderful teeth ever seen

I came across an interesting quote from Dr. Robert Broom (quoted in Brain’s Hunters or Hunted? monograph), a great South African paleontologist of the first half of the 20th century. He’s recounting how he came upon the Kromdraai site, which produced the very first Australopithecus (a.k.a. Paranthropus) robustus fossils:

I went off to the school. About a mile of the way was so rocky that it was impossible to go by car. It was playtime, about 12.30 pm., when I arrived. I saw the principal, and told him what I had come about. Gert was found, and drew from his trouser pocket four of the most wonderful teeth ever seen in the world’s history. [emphasis added]

Lots of funny things about that story, most notably that Broom basically took this kid, Gert, from school  to show him where Kromdraai was. And Broom’s so excited by these teeth! I don’t know the last time I was that excited about anything.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s