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Cranial Capacity.

Examination of the cranial capacity, from which a fairly-accurate approximation of the size of the brain may be drawn, has shown that m the civilised European the size of brain is considerably higher than m savage races, not only as an average, but m individual cases, and that the variations m the former races are much greater than m the latter. A series of observations on the size of heads of students at Cambridge University, recently published, are of great interest, and show that the size of head of those who obtain high honors is considerably larger than that of the ordinary students at the same age, while the remainder of the honors men occupy an intermediate position as regards size of head. M. Le Bon, m a very valuable paner, has been able b^ means' of examinations of the registers of a hatter to ascertain the size of the head for hats of a large number of persons m various social positions m France, these he divided into five classes, and found thufc the relative position occupied by each class with respect to size of head was as follows, beginning with the largest—(l Men-oi science and letters • '£2!) mercnant'6 1 ; (3) nobles of anciflfcf /family j-i'4) 1 domestic

servants ; (5) peasants. These various and independent observations show that there is a direct relation between the size of head and brain on the one hand and intellectual ability on the other when applied to n number of persons collectively, but m the present state of our knowledge trustworthy deductions cannot be arrived at with respect to individuals.—" British Medical Journal."

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Cranial Capacity., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2520, 17 September 1890

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Cranial Capacity. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2520, 17 September 1890

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