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What Did This Feature Say About You According to 19th Century Pseudoscience?

By Editorial Staff
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For thousands of years, physiognomy—pseudoscience that purports to divine a person’s character from their physical appearance—was accepted as valid fact. Phrenology, for example, attempted to determine character traits and mental abilities based on the shape of the skull. Can you guess which characteristics were linked to which physical feature, according to the "science" of these discredited historical theories?

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