Prehistoric Man; Researches Into the Origin of Civilisation in the Old and the New World

Prehistoric Man; Researches Into the Origin of Civilisation in the Old and the New World

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...expansion of the parietal bones, which almost invariably exhibit considerable inequality and unsymmetrical variation between the two sides. But of several hundred skulls of the elongated type examined by Mr. Blake, a large proportion exhibited no certain signs of distortion; while an examination of brachycephalic Peruvian crania, with artificially depressed frontal bones, --of which I have had opportunities of studying a considerable number in different collections, --has disclosed no indication of their being thereby converted into those of the normal brachycephalic form. Among the numerous interesting illustrations of Peruvian characteristics obtained by Mr. Blake from ancient cemeteries on the Pacific coast, the most valuable for the purpose now in view, are the skulls of two children, both of the dolichocephalic or elongated type; but the one evidently in a normal condition, while the other betrays manifest traces of artificial deformation. It is impossible to examine the former without feeling convinced that it illustrates a type of head entirely distinct from the more common brachycephalic crania, while the latter shows the changes wrought by compression. Figures 60, 61, exhibit the unaltered skull. It is that of a child, which, judging chiefly from the state of the dentition, may be pronounced to have been about seven years of age. It is an exceedingly well-proportioned symmetrical skull, unaltered by any artificial appliances, and will be observed to present the most striking typical contrast, if compared with an unaltered juvenile skull of the brachycephalic type from the Peruvian cemetery of Santa, engraved in the Crania Americana, Plate Vii. VOL. II. Q The other elongated skull, exhibited in Figures 62, 63, is of the same type as.show more

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  • Paperback | 138 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 259g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236938313
  • 9781236938312