Penn Museum's Morton Collection of 19th Century Skulls
Penn Museum is home to the Morton Collection of skulls, a collection of almost 1,000 human skulls from all over the world, gathered and studied by Philadelphia physician Samuel George Morton (1799-1851). Though respected in his day for his objectivist scientific techniques, Morton’s data collection techniques were discredited in the 1980s by prominent scientist Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002). A paper in the June 7, 2011 issue of the online journal PLoS Biology, written by a number of scholars including Jason Lewis (lead author) a former Penn student, and Dr. Janet Monge, Acting Curator and Keeper of the Physical Anthropology section of the Penn Museum, reestablishes Samuel Morton’s scientific integrity.

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