Skull illustrated in Samuel George Morton’s Crania Americana [8]. The 78 lithographs in Crania Americana set new standards for accuracy in anatomical. The 78 lithographs in Crania Americana set new standards for accuracy in anatomical illustration, as they were drawn carefully to scale and rechecked for. His meeting with Brooks was chronicled in his book “Crania Americana; or, A comparative view of the skulls of various aboriginal nations of North and South.

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Today, these sort of claims would be labeled as politically incorrect, to say the least, but his book stirred quite a few leading figures in the scientific community and earned him a solid following. Watson was convinced, unlike Prichard, that skulls could be read for signs of anericana character. The official position taken by the Wikimedia Foundation is that ” faithful reproductions of two-dimensional public domain works of art are public domain “.

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Darwin was there in the crowd. Leave a reply Cancel reply. It was a way of arguing that Crania Americanaand the illustrations it contained, were essentially phrenological.

This allowed him to garner ameficana prior to the arrival of the finished volume. This image might not be in the public domain outside of the United States; this especially applies in the countries and areas that do not apply the rule of the shorter term for US works, such as Canada, Mainland China not Hong Kong or MacaoGermany, Mexico, and Switzerland.


You may have heard about this sort of reasoning, which was so popular in the XIX century and later on. Human skulls in lateral aspect Craniometry.

Publications Pages Publications Pages. By looking down at the cranium F, through the eye-piece E, its outline and markings were seen on the glass at C diminished to one quarter, and were traced out on the glass with a pen and India ink, with great maericana and accuracy. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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Public domain Public amercana false false. This page was last edited on 29 Novemberat He is the current holder of the Adrian Research Fellowship at Darwin College where he is completing his first book on the global history of phrenology. Morton had to work hard to convince his peers across the Cgania that Crania Americana should be taken seriously. Please, subscribe or login to access full text content. Historians of science love putting things in context, especially images. This series features HASTS affiliates and guest authors who are invited to write freely about one image relevant to their work.


Crania Americana – Samuel G. Morton

The Skull Collectors Publisher: Of particular note are the 19th Century engravings illustrating the book ranging from the craniia to the relatively gruesome. This is a faithful photographic reproduction of a two-dimensional, public domain work of art. The nation is not the only context. I had applied to several artists to furnish these drawings, and the camera lucida and graphic mirror were both tried in vain.

The showpiece is undoubtedly a copy of Crania Americana itself. People often associate Crania Americana with slavery. Morton had to work hard to convince his peers across the Atlantic that Crania Americana should be taken seriously.

Crania Americana – Chicago Scholarship

It may seem like a minor alteration. See this page for further explanation. Public domain Public domain false false. The graduations thus ascertained, were transferred to a mahogany rod fitted with a flat foot, and these subdivided, with compasses for the cubic inches and parts.

It was an odd logic: In real life it was just as americna to be an abolitionist.