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Papers of James Cossar Ewart

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Letter to James Cossar Ewart from Theo DA Cockerell

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GB GB 0237 James Cossar Ewart Gen. 137/9/7/210


11 March 1902

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Name of creator

Cockerell | Theo DA | 1866-1948 | American naturalist

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

Letter to James Cossar Ewart from Theo DA Cockerell suggesting that he owes much to him for his equus investigations, and horse experimentation. He emphasizes what a furtile area of research the horse is, adding that Darwin would have appreciated its significance had he been alive.

He states that at the New Mexico Normal University they will be employing Professor Bradley's measurements, although he has reservations about them, as he believes Professor Bradley has too much regard for the cranium. Cockerell points to the importance of the length of the muzzle anterior to the premolars, and that of the molar-premolar series. The zebra and quagga measurements were obtained from Philadelphia. In order to continue these experiments he insists it would be necessary to go out on the plains to gather horse skulls and also to visit museums to measure the skulls there.

He wonders whether it might be possible to form a society or club for the scientific study of equus. Cockerell also mentions the professional rivalry between himself and Professor Karl Pearson, and the fact that recent criticisms of his work had not gone down well.




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