Excerpt from Craniological Data From the Indian Museum, Calcutta, 1909
Brahmans and Brahmans. One has therefore to be very careful in sorting his collection of the skulls to be measured. I have tried to do so, but with what result I am unable to say at present. Territorial inﬂuence or rather the inﬂuence of environments has also to be counted. In this connection I have grouped all the Burmese, Bengalis and Orig/as together in spite of the fact that there are numerous castes or tribes or endogamous groups in each of these tracts. In order to show the directions in which investigation in craniology may proceed in India, I have sorted those that I have measured into several groups: territorial, tribal, pro fessional, intellectual, etc. In order to supplement the contributions to the craniology of the Indian races edited by Sir William Turner, I have adopted Sir Herbert Risley's system of showing by diagrams what mere figures fail to show ata glance. It is therefore hoped that this nucleus of the craniology of the people of the Indian Empire, compiled in conformity with Sir William Turner's methods as adopted by Dr. Annandale and as classified and illustrated by Sir Herbert Risley will prove useful in collecting a large number of skulls for further investigation, which is sure to prove a valuable acquisition to the science of Ethnology. It is not possible to draw any definite conclusions from the small collection of skulls thus available and therefore no attempt is made to generalize. The results of the measurements have been grouped in accordance with the accepted classifications as modified by territorial and caste environment. This is thus only an attempt to illustrate and popularise the science of craniometry and to encourage the collection of skulls for future investigation, accurately labelled for the purpose, I appeal to the medical graduates of India to exert themselves and to get as many crania as possible for being forwarded to the Indian Museum, Calcutta, where Ishall be glad to take all the necessary anthropometrical notes and to publish them from time to time.
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