Fossil Men And Their Modern Representatives; An Attempt To Illustrate The Characters And Condition…

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bySir John William Dawson

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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. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...race, and that some of their heads were high in front, while others had remarkably retreating foreheads. It is curious to notice this indication of low intellectual capacity in this old semi-civilized race; but if it really indicates the position of these people, it may readily be accounted for. Living undisturbed for ages in a rich alluvial region, with stationary and fixed institutions, and with the energies of the individual cramped by a system of tribal communism, their intellectual powers may well have been reduced to a lower point than that On the monuments of Central America we find representations of men with high, almost conical, heads. These resemble in outline the form at present produced among some tribes on the coast of British Columbia by artificial pressure, and were probably of this character; as were also the elongated Peruvian skulls, and perhaps also those of the old Alleglians. of the rude hunter tribes, except in the case of those men of higher caste who had to manage public affairs. Men may become degraded by too great peace and prosperity, along with unvarying routine, quite as much as by the exigencies and hardships of savage life. These mound-builders, with their peculiar, yet American heads, are perhaps the oldest men of the Western Continent known to us, if we except some stray bones found under circumstances which have been supposed to indicate a still greater antiquity. One of the most remarkable of these, the " Calaveras" skull from California, is stated by Professor Wyman to be of somewhat larger capacity than those of modern Indians of that country, but of the same type. We thus find in America a characteristic type of head, but under this a great many varieties of long and short, straight and prognathous, natural...

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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. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...race, and that some of their heads were high in front, while others had remarkably retreating foreheads. It is curious ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:82 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:July 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217718876

ISBN - 13:9780217718875

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