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Osteological research on Māori and Moriori, 1893

Osteological research on Māori and Moriori, 1893

This illustration is from John Halliday Scott's paper 'Contribution to the osteology of the aborigines of New Zealand and the Chatham Islands', published in the 1893 volume of Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute. Scott, who was based at the Otago Medical School, measured a range of Māori and Chatham Island Moriori skulls and other bones. He came to the conclusion that both peoples were of mixed Polynesian and Melanesian ancestry.

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Reference: John Halliday Scott, 'Contribution to the osteology of the aborigines of New Zealand and the Chatham Islands', Transactions and proceedings of the Royal Society 26 (1893), plate I

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Derek Dow, 'Medical research - Early days, 1890s to 1930s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/artwork/45800/osteological-research-on-maori-and-moriori-1893 (accessed 18 September 2019)

Story by Derek Dow, published 22 Oct 2014