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Prodigal Son
Monday, October 6th, 2003, 04:16 PM
I got this from The Eastern Slavonic Peoples: Anthropology and Ethnic History, a monograph just recently released by the Russian Institute of Ethography. I will post several composites, made from photogrpaphic material gathered by the Russian Anthropological Expedition in the 1950s below, as I scan them. Keep a few things in mind:

1. These are composites, not pictures of individuals. They will invariably look blurry.

2. These are black-and-white pictures, therefore pigmentation, unless extremely light (such as the case with the North-Archangel composties) cannot be accurately inferred.

Comments welcome.

Prodigal Son
Monday, October 6th, 2003, 04:17 PM
1.

Males, females, North-Archangel Zone (Northwest Russia).

Prodigal Son
Monday, October 6th, 2003, 04:30 PM
Males, Females, Vyatka-Kama Zone (Northeastern Russia).

Prodigal Son
Monday, October 6th, 2003, 04:47 PM
Males, Vyatka-Kama Zone (Northeastern Russia)

Prodigal Son
Monday, October 6th, 2003, 05:00 PM
More to come (along with the author's comments) in a moment.

Prodigal Son
Monday, October 6th, 2003, 05:10 PM
Males, Females, Vologda-Vyatka Zone (North-Central Russia)

Prodigal Son
Monday, October 6th, 2003, 05:22 PM
Males, females, Illmen-Whitelake Zone (Northwest Russia)

Prodigal Son
Monday, October 6th, 2003, 05:29 PM
Males, females, Valdai Zone (Western Russia)

Prodigal Son
Monday, October 6th, 2003, 05:34 PM
Males, Klyazma-Central Zone (Central Russia)

Prodigal Son
Monday, October 6th, 2003, 05:40 PM
Males, females, Desna-Seima Zone (South Central Russia)

Prodigal Son
Monday, October 6th, 2003, 05:47 PM
Males, "Old-Believer" settlements on Selenga and Chikoi rivers (Altai area)

Prodigal Son
Monday, October 6th, 2003, 05:58 PM
...

Conclusions:

1. Considering the size of the territory inhabited by the Great Russian ethnic group, the resemblance between the portraits of various anthropological zones is considerable.

2. Regardless of the fact that Southern Great Russians are represented only by the Desna-Seima Zone, one can already speak of their distinction from Northern Great Russians (most importantly those of the North-Archangel, Vyatka-Kama and Vologda-Kama Zones).

3. The portrait of the Central Zone is somewhat closer to that of the Desna-Seima Zone [than those of the Northern Zones]. This is in line with historical and ethnographical data.

4. The Illmen-Whitelake variety (especially the males) looks somewhat different from the other Northern varieties. Some of his traits are simmilar to the composite portrait of Finns from Kuusamo (Kajanoja, Shlygina, 1986).

5. The North-Archangel Zone is also somewhat unique, especially in the form of the upper lip and an "archaic" appearance of the face. and naso-malar area. This variant belongs in the North Europid specturm.

6. The portrait of the Valdai Zone occupies an undetermined position among all other portraits.

7. The portraits of the Old Believers are hard to integrate into the sequence, since they stem from more homogenous and isolated genefunds, for which a high chance of the effects of accidental processes exists. It is possible that their appearance reflects a more ancient picture of phenotypic variety.

Source: The Eastern Slavonic Peoples: Anthropology and Ethnic History, Chapter V - "Regional Composite Portraits of Great Russians Based on the Data Gatherd by the Russian Anthropological Expedition, 1950-1959", by Tatiana Alexeeva et al.

Note that only a fraction of all of the anthropological zones in Russia are represented in this sequence of portraits.