The Upright Ape: A New Origin of the Species

by Aaron G. Filler, MD, PhD

Figure 2-2 Goethe's Proof of the Human Intermaxillay Bone

Goethe's Demonstration of the Intermaxillary Bone in Humans

Figure 2-2 – Goethe’s Report on the Intermaxillary Bone in Humans

This formal illustration from Goethe’s publication shows his discovery of a bone that anatomists of his time had claimed was missing from humans. This was used to support the argument of continuity of human anatomy with the rest of the biotic world.

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From: Goethe, 1784 and 1817; Plate I & Plate IX, original drawing by Waitz.

Goethe, J. W. v. (1784). Dem Menschen wie den Tieren ist ein Zwischenknochen der odem Kinnlade zuzuschreiben (An Intermaxillary Bone is Present in the Upper Jaw of Man as well as in Animals). Sämtliche Werke 2: 530-545.

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