Phrenology and Paleo-Anthropology
IntroductionPhrenology can deliver an interesting contribution into the science of paleo-anthropology, by analysing the relative development of various cranial features and their impact on the ascending developing of the human species. This section will gradually be developed.
A Psychological Analysis "out-of-the-ordinary"The following figure gives the skull profile (A) of a prehistoric being which lived many thousand years before our era. We invite you to unveil the psychology of this vanished race, using Phrenological analysis.
A: Profile of the Pithecanthropus skull found on Java by Dr. E. Dubois
B: Profile of a contemporary human skull, drawn on the same scale for comparison purposes
Let's now take a look at the developement of Phrenological
faculties in this prehistoric being.
The psychological profile and the "intellect" of the Pithecanthropus
presented here are so rudimentary, its animality is so obvious, that it
is hard to believe that this species might have been gifted with a moral
The characteristics of these pre-historic types are further analysed in the next section.
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