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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. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...of the femur and tibia, as when estimated in this way the risk of error is reduced to the minimum. Topinard's lesearches show that the length of the femur plus that of the tibia is to the height of the body in seventy-five Europeans whom he measured as 49'4 to 100, and in five South Americans as 49'5 to 100 in males, and as 49'5 and 48-2 to 100 in twenty-five European and six South American females respectively.2 Presuming the same proportions to exist in Fuegians as in other 1 "South American Missionary Magazine," January, 1882, p. 12. s "Elements d'Anthropologic Generate" (Paris), 1882, p. 1041. South Americans, I find that the average height of the male Yahgans, calculated from the skeletons, is 1,527 mm., or 5 feet 1 inch. This result has been arrived at by finding the average length of the femur and tibia respectively, adding those averages together, and then estimating the stature according to the canon of proportion given by Topinard for South Americans. The estimated height so obtained is almost exactly the same as that indicated by an average deduced from the limbs of the five individuals taken separately. The tallest is 1,600 mm. = 5 feet 3 inches, the skeleton brought home by Captain Fitzroy, and the shortest is 1,450 mm. (= 4 feet 9 inches). The stature of the two Yahgan women of whom we have the limb-bones is 1,423 or 1,420 mm.respectively (=4 feet 8 inches), as estimated from the canon of proportion given by Topinard for that sex in South Americans. Probably the proportion which obtains in other South Americans is too high for the Yahgans, as all accounts agree as to their bodies being remarkably large in proportion to their lower extremities, and Professor Virchow states regarding the Alaculoofs he examined that...
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