[image] [map] Cranial Map
The world mapped according to the distribution of cranial capacity. Average head size increases with colder climates. Yellow and orange show where average cranial capacities for indigeneous populations prior to extensive contact are less than 1300 cubic centimeters. Colors grade to light blue, where population averages are over 1450 cc.

Beals, Smith and Dodd (1984) give a thermodynamic explanation for this pattern. Heads get rounder and larger as human populations adapt to cold climates.

Court's major interests include comparative cultures, natural resources and community values, and wealth and poverty.


See also: Smith and Beals 1990, Beals, Smith and Dodd (1987); and Beals, Smith and Dodd 1983)

Court Smith, Department of Anthropology {homepage} / email: smithc@ucs.orst.edu / Updated:Wednesday, 25-Oct-2000 13:03:49 PDT