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Sixty Scientists from all parts of the country will convene next week for the annual meeting of the American Society of Physical Anthropologists, April 8-10.
Featured at the discussion will be a public lecture on Thursday evening by Dr. Harry L. Shapiro '23, on "The Pitcairn Islanders," at the Geographical Institute. Shapiro published a book, "The Heritage of the Bounty," last year, on the results of his trip to the lonely Southern Pacific Island.
The Pitcairn Island group, well known from the novels of Nordhoff and Hall as the refuge of the "Bounty" mutineers, is scientifically remarkable as a classic of inbreeding and racial mixtures.
Among the participants in the society's discussions will be Dr. Ales Hardlicka of the U. S. Natural Museum; Father C. J. Connolly of the Catholic University of America; Lawrence W. Baker, professor of Orthodontia, and David B. Dill, associate professor of Industrial Physiology, of the Fatigue Laboratory.
Headquarters of the association will be at the Hotel Commander, but the meetings will be held at the Faculty Club except for the Pitcairn talk. The Association's Annual Lecture, which will be at the Geographical Institute.
Shapiro's conclusions on the effects on a small group of inbreeding for a century and a half, were that it had not caused degeneration among the Pitcairn Islanders. The dangers of this practice, he decided from the Pitcairn evidence, came from inherent defects in the stock, and not from the accepted taboos on the subject.
Another main address will be given by Professor William F. Peterson of the University of Illinois after the Association's annual dinner on Friday evening, on "Environmental Effect and Organic Differentiation."
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