A Correction for Artificial Deformation of Skulls (Pamphlet)


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Author: Shapiro, H.L. (Harry Lionel) (1902-1990)

Publisher: American Museum of Natural History

Pub Date: 1928

Binding: Paperback

Condition: Poor.  Cover separated from text block.  Stapled text block still tight.  One approx. 1″ tear at lower spine edge.  Numerous chips, tears along edges.  Head and foot of spine each missing approx. 2″ piece, exposing text block.  Several interior pages have approx. 1″ tears.   Previous owner’s name on upper front cover corner.  Lower rear cover corner missing approx. 1″ x 1/2″ triangular piece.

Notes: Pamphlet.  Anthropological Papers of the AMNH, Volume XXX, Part I.  “The modification of the shape and proportions of the cranial vault and parts of the face under artificial deformation are so radical that, with justification, most investigators dealing with deformed crania have eliminated them because of their patently distorted character.  This custom of moulding the head was so nearly universal in some areas, notable Peru, that in the great cranial collection of Peruvian material all but a pitifully small and inadequate number are deformed….This paper is concerned with a method of correction for deformation.  that is to say, I have attempted, by means of statistical methods, to secure formulae which, when applied to the means of series of deformed crania, will establish the principal diameters of the hypothetical cranial vault had the crania not been deformed.” (page 5)


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