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Physical anthropology
« on: September 15, 2018, 11:33:22 PM »
When I was a bit younger, I got quite obsessed with physical anthropology, specifically with the science of phenotypical taxonomy. I was never a racist (and I really mean this, I was annoyed at how many racists used this knowledge to try to reaffirm their own prejudice and this was part of the reason why I stopped studying it), but I loved to be able to look at someone and associate them with a classical taxon, an ancient people, an archeological site, etc. It was exactly the same drive that makes me interested in linguistics (specially metaphony, ancient languages, etc): to see how much history walks among us.

I read a lot on this subject, and I was quite annoyed at how hard it was to find some reliable info, specially regarding non-European types, but recently it came to my knowledge that Ratatoskr, probably the most knowledgeable guy on this discipline alive, restored his legendary website Human Phenotypes, which put me through a new study drive. It's quite an interesting site, I recommend you guys to take a look, just ignore the technical vocabulary and keep in mind his maps refer to the pre-colonial world.

So, if anyone has a curiosity to know anything about this subject, feel free to ask. If you would like to know the specific classification of someone (yourselves, an acquaintance, a celebrity, etc), feel free to ask. That's the most fun part of it.

I'm personally a blend of the litorid and berid types. Litorid is a stabilised mix between Western mediterraneans and Eastern armenoids, associated with sea people originated on modern-day Turkey, now spanning all throughout the coast from Lebanon to Scandinavia. Berid, also known as Paleo-Sardinian, is and old type of the Western Mediterranean, basically a dark Cro-Magnons with softer features. It is associated with the fossiles found in Les Eyzies, Dordogne, France, and not coincidentally the region of Dordogne is where it's the most prevalent in France, while also found in Southern Italy, specific regions of the Iberian Peninsula, and, in smaller numbers, from Turkey to North Africa to Great Britain. I suspect African berids developed separately, though, from a type closer to modern berberids, who exist in Eurasia more or less where berids also do, but occupy a much larger area in Africa.







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Re: Physical anthropology
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2018, 12:12:30 AM »
Have you done a DNA test?
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Re: Physical anthropology
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2018, 12:20:02 AM »
Have you done a DNA test?
Nope, but the curiosity for it is coming back, I think I'll do it this year still. It should get 85%-95% European, the rest mostly Middle Eastern/North African, but I wouldn't be weirded out to find a hint of Subsaharan African and Native American blood, or to find out I'm around 80% or even practically 100% European.
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