Family Treasures: A Study of the Inheritance of Normal Characteristics in Man

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CHAPTER VII
THE NOSE, CHEEKS, CHIN, AND JAWS

THE NOSE

Parts.--The nose is the central prominence of the face and, not having very much of survival value, it varies to a great degree in height, width, length, and kind of bridge, tip, and nostrils. Each part seems to be controlled by specific genes, and, as these do not seem to be influenced by each other, all possible combinations of the different parts occur. Certain features of the nose, such as a convex or a concave bridge, may overshadow the other smaller features so that they escape attention. If, however, each part is studied separately, it will be found to be inherited independently of the others.

Bridge.--The genes of the bridge may cause the nose to be short, medium, or long; high or low; concave or convex, or straight, as well as intermediate in all of these types. In some families the nose may be low and have a relatively short bridge, a fact which causes the whole nose to be small (Fig. 113). In other families the nose may be high and longer (Fig. 114), or it may be broad and of medium length (Fig. 115).

The angle that is made by the bridge with the forehead seems to determine the shape of the bridge of the nose (Fig. 116). If the bridge dips down at the forehead, a concave nose results; this trait probably is recessive and may be hidden in straight-nosed parents (Fig. 117). If the angle causes the bridge to dip less, a straight nose may result (Fig. 118), but if the angle is such that the bridge comes up and outward from the face, a prominent convex, or Roman, nose,

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 1
  • Contents 3
  • Preface 5
  • Chapter I- The Family 9
  • Chapter II- The Individual 30
  • Chapter III- Hair 48
  • Chapter IV- The Eyes 82
  • Chapter V- The Mouth 94
  • Chapter VI - The Ears 110
  • Chapter VII- The Nose, Cheeks, Chin, and Jaws 126
  • Chapter IX- The Feet 172
  • Chapter X- The Body 186
  • Chapter XI- Temperaments and Special Abilities 203
  • Chapter XII- Good Health 228
  • Chapter XIII- Birthmarks, Acquired Characters, and Disease 239
  • Chapter XIV- Sex 256
  • Chapter XV- Nature of Man 267
  • Glossary of Terms Commonly Used in the Study of Heredity in Man 288
  • Index 295
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