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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Felix von Luschan   5 May 1873

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

May 5. 1873

Dear Sir

I thank you for your very obliging note & the present of your essays & the Photographs.1 The prominence of the superciliary ridge is certainly most remarkable; but in truth I am too ignorant on osteological points, for my opinion to be of any value, & therefore will not venture on any remarks.2

With my renewed thanks, I remain Dear Sir with my respect— yours faithfully | Charles Darwin


Luschan’s note, essays, and photographs have not been found in the Darwin Archive–CUL. By May 1873, Luschan had published three essays on human fossils found in central Europe (Luschan 1872a, 1872b, and 1873).
The superciliary ridge is a prominence of the frontal bone above the eye sockets. Luschan, a student of medicine in Vienna and Paris, was particularly interested in craniology.


Thanks FL for sending his essays and some photographs.

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
Felix von Luschan
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Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Nachl. Felix v. Luschan: Darwin, Charles)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8899,” accessed on 26 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 21