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'Polynesians' in the Brazilian hinterland? Sociohistorical perspectives on skulls, genomics, identity, and nationhood

Santos, Ricardo Ventura; Douglas, Bronwen


In 1876, Brazilian physical anthropologists De Lacerda and Peixoto published findings of detailed anatomical and osteometric investigation of the new human skull collection of Rio de Janeiro’s Museu Nacional. They argued not only that the Indigenous ‘Botocudo’ in Brazil might be autochthonous to the New World, but also that they shared analogic proximity to other geographically very distant human groups – the New Caledonians and Australians – equally attributed limited cranial capacity and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
Source: History of the Human Sciences
DOI: 10.1177/0952695119891044
Access Rights: Open Access


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