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Descriptions and measurements of some Maori and Moriori crania


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Harper, Walter R (1897) Descriptions and measurements of some Maori and Moriori crania. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 111-118.

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As the subject of my paper will probably be new to many
of you, it may be as well to make a few introductory remarks.
We were all aware of the great value scientists attached to
the brains, hair, etc., of various individuals and races, but, to
quote Topinard, " Bones, on the other hand, have the inestimable
advantage of presenting to us all that remains of
ancient peoples of which there are no longer any living
representative ; some extending back to one and two thousand
years, others to ten and twenty thousand, when the
various types had become less changed. When making a
comparison of races, therefore, it should not be matter of
surprise that such importance is attached to the study of the
bones, and particularly of the skull—that noblest part of the
human animal." When man was first studied in relation to
the animals, early in the present century, it was noticed that
in the former the brain case was directly above the face, and
in the animals smaller and further back. From this arose
the study of the facial angle, one of the earliest attempts of
craniometry. Many angles were suggested, but it is only
within comparatively recent times that the measurement has
taken definite form.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 111-118
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2013 04:52
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:48
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