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The scientific study of the characteristics of the skull, such as size and shape, especially in humans.

cra′ni·o·log′i·cal (-ə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.
cra′ni·o·log′i·cal·ly adv.
cra′ni·ol′o·gist n.
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Noun1.craniologist - someone who claims to be able to read your character from the shape of your skull
charlatan, mountebank - a flamboyant deceiver; one who attracts customers with tricks or jokes
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He interpreted races and peoples from the perspective of comparative anatomy and physiological variation among individuals in the style of Cesare Lombroso (1836-1909), the infamous craniologist.
For those airports that would find the cost-prohibitive, I would suggest they hire a craniologist - someone who can read character from the shape and size of the skull - as a cheap alternative.
As read by the craniologist Samuel Morton and, subsequently, by phrenologists such as George Coombe and the Fowler brothers, heads confirmed racial identity and type, serving to fix immutable racial difference in support of white supremacy.