Is sending photographs of the niata skull [requested in 4082]. W. H. Flower reports that he could have a cast made for £3.3s.0d.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
I send by this Post two Photographs (by Book Post) of the nãta Skull. The delay in getting them made was caused by the
With sincere respect | Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin
- f1 4166a.f1See letter from Armand de Quatrefages, [28 March --] 11 April 1863.
- f2 4166a.f2See letter from W. H. Flower, 9 May 1863, and letter to W. H. Flower, 12 May . CD refers to the controversy that followed the publication of Owen 1857, in which Richard Owen argued that humans should be classified as a distinct sub-class of mammals (`Archencephela'), because their brain anatomy differed markedly from that of apes. William Henry Flower showed that the anatomical criteria selected by Owen did not provide a reliable basis for a taxonomic distinction between humans and simians (Flower 1862). On Flower's contribution to the brain controversy, see Rupke 1994, p. 292, and L. G. Wilson 1996b, p. 201.