Question of Crania

I am a fan of collective nouns, those apt word choices describing a group of things, for instance an Exaltation of Larks (also the title of a nice book on the subject).

A Pride of Lions, a Babble of Politicians (I made that one up, but it seems to fit, no?), an Anomaly of Woodchucks (woodchucks are solitary creatures) . . . you see how it goes.

So, as Marston Morse once said, my thesis is prepared.  Here is a Question of Crania:

Constant-Scale Natural Boundary Map of a Monkey Cranium

Constant-Scale Natural Boundary Map of a Monkey Cranium

. . .

Constant-Scale Natural Boundary Map of Neanderthal Broken Hill #471

Constant-Scale Natural Boundary Map of Neanderthal Broken Hill #471

. . .

Constant-Scale Natural Boundary Map of Modern Human

Constant-Scale Natural Boundary Map of Modern Human

. . . and, odd one out, a peculiar and, I dare say, novel way to make a portrait sculpture, but, with constant-scale natural boundary projection as my “chisels,” I could.

Constant-Scale Natural Boundary Map of Human Head

Constant-Scale Natural Boundary Map of Human Head

. . . For me, the curious part of this Question of Crania is what could be gleaned by overlaying these images in a manner similar to how we architects overlay, for instance, the first floor plan of a house with the second floor. Thus we learn precisely how things line up and where they don’t. Anthropologists often set a row of specimens beside each other and compare them, measure them, suppose things and draw conclusions. With CSNB, each specimen may be reduced to two dimensions with no loss of “real estate.” So, for example, overlaying the CSNB map of the monkey cranium with CSNB maps of his father and son, brothers, non-relatives, etc. might be revealing and cogently expressive of patterns that are otherwise obscure or unconvincingly observed.

Oho — it all makes me feel a bit like a woodchuck myself — what would Albrecht Durer say today?

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