Journal of the Anthropological Society of London Volume 2

Journal of the Anthropological Society of London Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1864 edition. Excerpt: ...arches exhibit a large development in savage races, as for example in the New Caledonians and Australians; in the last, as well as the Tasmanians, the frontal sinus is frequently absent. Let us further notice, that the greatest part of the ancient skulls found in Europe also show an exaggerated development of the supraciliary arches, which, nevertheless, does attain that of the skull before us. Nevertheless, we already know two cases, where ancient brachycephalic skulls, by the same peculiarity, have produced on observers the same impression. One of these skulls is that of which I have just shown you the lower jaw, and which was derived from a Swiss brachycephale. The other is that of Borreby, in Denmark, figured in the last work of Sir C. Lyell. There are, then, in different races, individual cases exhibiting the same peculiarity. Let us now try if it is possible to classify the Neanderthal skull. Is it the representative of a lost race, or can it be identified with any of the stocks which are known to us? In my opinion, it is undoubtedly the skull of a Celt; it belonged to a large individual; it is capacious and dolichocephalic; it presents the depresion on the posterior third of the sagittal suture, common to the Celts and Scandinavians; and finally, its occipital projection is equally characteristic of these two races. To give greater weight to my assertion, I shall place before you three ancient skulls, of which one is that of an Allobroge or Helvetian, of Switzerland. The two. others were derived from Ireland. Whilst they all present the same general type, these three skulls exhibit slight differences. There even exists a fourth variety, represented in the collection of Retzius by an ancient Belgian, who3e skull is more compressed more

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