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    Post About old anthropology studies

    Couple of weeks ago i coincidently found this forum, and since i've been reading this stuff(racial classifications, anthropological studies etc).I have noticed that classifications made here are based on many decades old studies.My observations characteristics of people are contradiction with those studies(Coon etc..).

    I live in Finland in province of Carelia and all my ancestors are Carelian.According to Coons mean head length of Carelians for example is 188mm and mean stature somewhat 170cm.So ihad to take measuring devices and start working.After numberous and careful measurements i got results

    head length:203mm
    head breadth:157mm
    stature:179cm

    and I consider myself as a little among other people.According to coons I'm big, which I am not.

    My conlusion is that old anthropometric data cannot be valid today.


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    Post Re: About old anthropology studies

    First of all you can not measure your own skull, when the distance is calculated in mm it's very easy to get a head lenth of 203, when it's more like 196 mm. I also recommend taking 20 very accurate measurements then going with the median.

    It's true though people have gotten taller and longer-headed and it would be great if we had up to date data, but we don't,so i guess we should discuss any question about anthropology on this forum and come to a decent conclusion. I do totally understand what your trying to say though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nordic_canadian_male
    First of all you can not measure your own skull, when the distance is calculated in mm it's very easy to get a head lenth of 203, when it's more like 196 mm. I also recommend taking 20 very accurate measurements then going with the median.
    That part I don't quite understand.Head have some length, breadth and other dimensions.If you do measurements correctly by the standards, it should not matter what the increments are, mm:s or inches or whatever.

    at least 10 measurements were taken by sliding caliber by someone else than me.

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    Post Re: About old anthropology studies

    Quote Originally Posted by nordic_canadian_male
    First of all you can not measure your own skull, when the distance is calculated in mm it's very easy to get a head lenth of 203, when it's more like 196 mm. I also recommend taking 20 very accurate measurements then going with the median.

    Well, one can measure themselves but yes, it can be tricky. I've done it dozens of times and always come within a mm or two of other attempts.

    I agree that one should take measurements many times over and take an average of all results.

    @haviaja,

    Indeed, people have become larger since the "golden age" of physical anthropology...especially so in Europe and North America from what I've read (I don't actually know if this is true or not for Asia, Africa, etc...).

    That being said, I wouldn't disregard all older anthropometric data....just use it with a careful mind and eye.

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    Post Re: About old anthropology studies

    I think that a more seasoned person can definetley measure themselves, but when your just starting out,you might need a hand depending on your own experience or lack there of. I was wondering what other members used to measure themselves besides a ruler. I myself made good use of my salad thong or fork whatever it's called. It was pretty good cause it had a a locking mechanism, but mostly i used multiple rulers and my desk. Pressed the ruler against one end of the desk, put my head in the middle and crushed it with another ruler to get a measurement.

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    Post Re: About old anthropology studies

    Measurements were taken several times with helping hand and many times.
    those results are pretty accurate.When following standards and correct procedurse it should not matter whether the increments are, mm:s or something else.

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    Post Re: About old anthropology studies

    Sorry, it seems that my posts come about 1 hour late
    browser is screwing me or something..

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    Post Re: About old anthropology studies

    Haviaja,

    Coon is definately "old anthropology" but this information can be used in conjunction with the new anthropology/genetics to give us new insights. This, in my opinion, is one reason for this forum.

    Coon published Races of Europe in 1939 but the metrical studies he cites are older. Many are from the previous century. Migrations after WW2 changed many things. Improved nutrition changes things. The statistical information Coon used was gathered from a VARIETY of sources. In your discussion above, you see how hard it is to compare measurements taken by two individuals. One study in the 1970s tried to show that one person measuring the same thing can get more than one measurement, so taking measurements is not an exact science. Still, as I remember, the measurements Coon used for northernmost Europe were among the best.

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    Post Re: About old anthropology studies

    Quote Originally Posted by haviaja
    Sorry, it seems that my posts come about 1 hour late
    browser is screwing me or something..

    Yes, new members are moderated for a period. Please be patient.

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    Post Re: About old anthropology studies

    Quote Originally Posted by haviaja
    at least 10 measurements were taken by sliding caliber by someone else than me.
    Maximum head length and head breadth are measured with a spreading caliper, not with a sliding caliper.

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