Publisher Information: Kinberley: Hartley & Son, 1890.
Hillier, Alfred Peter (1858-1911). The antiquity of man in South Africa, and evolution. 26pp. Kimberley, [South Africa]: C. H. Hartley and Son, 1890. 201 x 143 mm. Original cloth, gilt-lettered front cover, light edgewear, tiny hole in lower part of spine. Very good.
First Separate Edition. The first separate publication on human origins in South Africa to be published in South Africa. As is well known, it was in South Africa that the first fossil remains of Australopithecus africanus, a possible early hominin ancestor of modern humans, were discovered in 1924.
Hillier was an English physician who spent his early years in South Africa, returning to London in 1897. Hillier discusses several types of paleolithic stone tools found in gravel deposits in the Cape Colony, “not however made of flint, which substance is nowhere to be found in this district, but of a hard sub-crystalline rock found in the immediate vicinity of the greenstone dykes so numerous in South Africa.” Hillier also speculated on the evolution of the various South African races, concluding that “the Bushmen, and probably also the Hottentots, are the true aboriginal inhabitants of Central and Southern Africa.” Hillier’s paper was read on his behalf before the Eastern Province Literary and Scientific Society in Grahamstown, South Africa, and published in the Grahamstown Journal on 23 and 25 November 1886.Book Id: 45295