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Missing persons and colonial skeletons in South Africa
Nicky Rousseau

as ancestral bones. Thus suggestions that mitochondrial DNA analysis could assist in identifying Sarah Baartman’s kin, and later those of the Pienaars, were vigorously opposed. Zoe Crossland, however, has pointed to more complex distinctions at work in science’s encounter with the human corpse in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain. Thus, while the most marginal bodies (criminals, the poor, colonial subjects) were Missing persons and colonial skeletons in South Africa   187 subjected to dissection, post-mortem practices were regarded as different and tended

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