The skull collectors race, science, and America's unburied dead

Fabian, Ann

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  • Creator Ann Fabian
  • Format Books
  • Publication Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2010.
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (283 p.)
  • ISBNs 1282894692, 9786612894695, 0226233499
  • OCLC ocn676697142


  • When Philadelphia naturalist Samuel George Morton died in 1851, no one cut off his head, boiled away its flesh, and added his grinning skull to a collection of crania. It would have been strange, but perhaps fitting, had Morton's skull wound up in a collector's cabinet, for Morton himself had collected hundreds of skulls over the course of a long career. Friends, diplomats, doctors, soldiers, and fellow naturalists sent him skulls they gathered from battlefields and burial grounds across America and around the world.With The Skull Collectors, eminent historian Ann Fabian resu


  • Description based upon print version of record.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • English


  • Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Ghosts of the Unburied Dead; 1. "The Promise of a Fine Skull"; 2. A Native among the Headhunters; 3. Crania Americana; 4. "News from the Feegees"; 5. The Unburied Dead; Epilogue: Brains, Bones, and Graves; Notes; Index
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