Apes, Men and Morons


IF a credo is to have value, it must be enunciated by one who has several outstanding qualifications. In the first place, it must be based on a prolonged personal experience of a particular branch of knowledge. Prof. Hooton has this qualification ; he has been teaching physical anthropology to the students of Harvard University for more than a quarter of a century. In his earlier years he made a detailed report on the bones and culture of the peoples who had inhabited the Canary Islands ; later he did the same for Pueblo Indians. In more recent years he has devoted himself to a physical and social study of his fellow countrymen. Of these about 6,000 had been isolated in penal institutions ; his “controls” were taken from those “not yet apprehended”. The full results of ten years spent in a “statistical purgatory” have not yet been published but in this book he gives in the midst of his general discourse a summary of his chief conclusions. He has found that those within the walls of penal institutions are inferior in body and in mind to those who live outside, and that already in the United States of America the population is becoming differentiated into local types.

Apes, Men and Morons

By Prof. Earnest Albert Hooton. Pp. ix + 307. (London: George Allen and Unwin, Ltd., 1938.) 10s. 6d. net.

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K., A. Apes, Men and Morons. Nature 142, 371 (1938). https://doi.org/10.1038/142371a0

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