Calaveras skull

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Calaveras skull A human skull reported, by Prof. J. D. Whitney, as found in 1886 in a Tertiary auriferous gravel deposit, lying below a bed of black lava, in Calaveras County, California. It is regarded as very doubtful whether the skull really belonged to the deposit in which it was found. If it did, it indicates an unprecedented antiquity for human beings of an advanced type.
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Usage

In literature:

CALAVERAS SKULL, a famous fossil cranium, reported by Professor J.D.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
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In news:

From the shrunken heads of the Amazon to the spun-sugar calavera candies of a Mexican November or the bleached bones of a Georgia O'Keeffe painting, skulls have long exerted a mystical pull on the human imagination.
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