View Full Version : Coon's "Borreby" theory

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006, 12:41 AM
Why did he consider all Cromagnid types to be Borreby?

He did have a Brunn subcategory in much of his work, but he stated in The Races of Europe that they were a hybrid type of Nordid and Borreby elements.

Dalofaelids, Brünns, Borrebys, Westbaltids, Northern Alpinoids, Palaeatlantids, Berberids tend to differ quite much from each other, the differences are great enough for them to have separate subcategories

Dr. Solar Wolff
Wednesday, July 12th, 2006, 08:00 AM
You have to consider the context of Coon's Races of Europe. The basic idea is that modern Europeans are a hybird race of Meds. and Neanderthals. The Combe Capelle type was a Med. according to Coon, followed by the Cro-Magnons. The Cro-Magnons all looked so much alike that they could have all been in the same family--I am serious. It is probably for this reason Coon didn't use the term Cro-Magnon in the racial sense. The went to Bruenn, which is a site now in the Czech Republic. These people were Gravettian and much later than the Cro-Magnons but Coon did not have exact dating on them in 1939. The Bruenn people do look like hybrids and have Neanderthal characteristics. For his other Upper Paleolithic type, the Borreby, he went to that type fossil but says it is also a sapiens-Neanderthal hybrid but the type originated in North Africa, not Europe, and came after the Pleistocene from N. Africa, via Spain and into N. Europe, probably in the early Neolithic.

Of course the fact is that the Cro-Magnons, Bruenns and Borrebys all had similarities and may have fallen within one modern people in terms of total variation. The main differences are in length of the brain box, Cro-Magnons and Bruenns having long head and Borrebys having rounder heads. All had wide faces and short faces coupled with robust, large, strong-boned bodies.

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006, 12:48 PM
Yes, Coon is an invaluable source of information on present diversity, but his speculations about earlier developments and migratory events are dodgy, and his interpretation of Pleistocene connections are wild.

There is no reason, afaik, to suppose that the Borreby and similar forms in the southern Scandinavian and northern European coastal regions did not evolve in situ from longer-headed Cro-Magnoid populations.