Robert Broom and the "Glasgow" skull

Robert Broom in later life

"Having only one skull, one cannot tell how the species may vary; but in this skull there are a number of important characters which distinguish it from the skull of the living roan antelope (Hippotragus equinus) and the sable antelope (Hippotragus niger). The length of the base of the skull is 14 1/4 in. (360mm). I have seen one specimen of a sable as small, but none of the roan. As will be seen from the photograph, a striking feature not seen in the roan or sable is the depression of the snout below the general line of the maxillary teeth, and with it the bending down of the front of the lower jaw. The premaxilla is more slender than in the other species, and the angle made by the nasal with the front of the supra-orbital part of the frontal is less obtuse. The horn cores are slender and less curved than in most of roan or sable. There are one or two important dental characters which seem to confirm this being the extinct Hippotragus leucophaeus. These, and other features of the skull, will be described in a full account of it which will be published elsewhere." (Broom, 1949)

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All images © Hunterian Museum. These photographs were taken for the Hunterian Museum by G. Stephens in 1966.

Key reference: Broom R (1949) The extinct blue buck of South Africa. Nature: London. 164:1097-1098