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Anthropology of Eastern China and Kwangtung Province

Nature volume 119, page 231 (12 February 1927) | Download Citation



AN account has already been given in NATURE (Dec. 12, 1925, p. 855) of the anthropological inquiries now being conducted in China by Dr. Shirokogoroff and described by him in a series of reports. The volume already discussed dealt with the populations of the provinces of Kiangsu and Chekiang. The present work gives further information relating to the living people of these provinces as well as of Kwangtung, and in fact of the eastern part of China. It is essentially a statistical investigation,and is freefromspeculations as to the assumed influence of the endocrine glands in causing racial differentiation, to which particular reference was made in the previous review. The real value of the present, like the former, report is the new data submitted by Dr. Shirokogoroff, who seems to have cast his net widely in the process of collecting both measurements of living people and comparisons from the literature of anthropology, especially many references to eastern Asia not readily accessible to students in western Europe.

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