Report of the Board of Regents Volume 17

Report of the Board of Regents Volume 17

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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. 1863 edition. Excerpt: ...states that it is scarcely possible to find a more distinct separation into dolichocephalic and brachycephalic races than in America;t nor should the remark of Professor Agassiz be overlooked, when, after referring to Dr. Morton's single American race, he adds: "But it should be remembered that in accordance with the zoological character of the whole realm, this race is divided into an infinite number of small tribes, presenting more or less difference one from another." It is indeed necessary to determine what must be regarded as the essential requisites-of Dr. Morton's American typical cranium; for neither he nor his successors have overlooked the fact of some deviation from this supposed normal type, not only occurring occasionally, but existing as a permanent characteristic of some tribes. As has been already shown, Dr. Morton recognized a more elongated head as pertaining to certain of the northern tribes, but this he speaks of as a mere slight variation from the more perfect form of the normal skull; and he adds: "Even in these instances the characteristic truncation of the occiput is more or less obvious."J So also Dr. Nott, after defining the typical characteristies of the American cranium, remarks: "Such are more universal in the Toltecan than the barbarous tribes. Among the Iroquois, for instance, the heads were often of a somewhat more elongated form; but the Cherokees and Choctaws, who, of all barbarous tribes, display greater aptitude for civilization, present the genuine type in a remarkable degree. My birth and long residence in southern States have permitted the study of many of these living tribes, and they exhibit this conformation almost without exception. 1 have also scrutinized many Mexicans, more

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  • Paperback | 238 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 431g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236890345
  • 9781236890344