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Discussion of "The Rodiyas of Ceylon" (S258a: 1876)

Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: Third party rendering of words Wallace offered in discussion of 'The Rodiyas of Ceylon' (a paper by Bertram F. Hartshorne read in Glasgow at an early September 1876 meeting of the Dept. of Anthropology, Section D, Biology, of the British Association for the Advancement of Science), and printed on page 488 of the 28 September 1876 issue of Nature. To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S258A.htm

     . . . The president (Mr. Wallace), in moving a vote of thanks to Mr. Hartshorne, said the Rodiyas were a race of people who, though in a degraded condition, yet possessed physical characters which seemed to show they were intellectually superior to the races who treated them in this manner. This might be another of those examples to which he alluded in his address, of a remnant very fast dying out--a remnant of one of those early higher races which had been overrun and overcome by a lower race intellectually, but more energetic, and had been reduced to an extremely degraded position. It was also a valuable example proving that degradation long continued did not alter to any great extent the physical features of the race. Though they had been for ages in this degraded condition they retained a fine type of face, almost equal to many European forms.

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