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PECULIAR HEAD FORMATION
lines except at the base of the thumb, where the lines were deeply marked. The legs were muscular and thin, but finely chiselled, with enormously powerful knee musclesa developed, no doubt, by the springy action which they use in walking, seldom resting the heel upon the ground. The ankle was small, and the foot had a characteristic twist inward, allowing it a good grip, as it were, on the ground.
One of the men I captured suffered from garit. On his chest and legsain fact, all over the bodyahis skin peeled off in scales. His shoulders were in a terrible condition. These repulsive skin complaints made measurements and examination of the body somewhat disagreeable, as constant touching was inevitable. One interesting point regarding this particular skin affection is that, where friction of limbs is constant, such as in the inner part of the legs, under the arms, or at the loins, the skin seems to remain in its normal condition, quite devoid of scales.
I got hold of another little fellow of pale, brownish-yellow complexion, with peculiar head formation, enormous, staring eyes, and an enlarged, high forehead (seven centimetres), prominent brow ridges overshadowing the eyes, and glabella or central boss of abnormal development. In this case, too, the nostrils were extremely wide and flattened, so that the slits were almost parallel with the plane of the lips, instead of vertical, as is the case with Europeans. The lower lip and chin were short.
These particular Tagbanouas were short in statureametre *a496awith an average span of metre 1.520, or very little longer than their respective height. In fact, taking measurements separately, the span generally equalled, and in one case was less than, the height. Here are some specimens taken at random:
Compared with Cuyonos, it will be noticed that the Tagbanoua measurements are smaller in every way.