Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Cranial Deformation

Artificial remodeling of the shape of the infant cranium, often due to unintentional cultural factors such as cradle boards, or carrying straps, or to intentional modification by binding the head with tight wrappings or other methods that apply pressure to the area that is being deformed. Known from every continent except Australia.

Cf. dental mutilation and natural cranial deformation.

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