University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: KC Boas

The Curious Cabinet of Dr. Morton

By: KC Boas

While the Samuel George Morton crania collection has been part of the Museum since the mid-1960s, it has informed the fields of medicine, biology, and anthropology since the early 1800s. Morton’s special interest in crania may have stemmed from preparation for an 1830 lecture by the German anatomist Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, entitled “The Different Forms […]