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Alpines from Central, Eastern and southeastern Europe

East of Bavaria, Bohemia, and Switzerland, typical Alpines are relatively rare until. one reaches southern Albania and Greece; their northeastern limit of frequency is the Carpathians, and between the Carpathians and the Adriatic, they are usually found in a hybridized (Dinaricized) form.

FIG. 1 (3 views). Magyar from Pecas, Hungary. This tall Alpine from Hungary is except for his stature, as perfect an example of the Alpine race as could be found; he may be compared to the Alpines on Plate 11, from Germany. Hungary is ethnically a composite nation, and this individual's family has traditions of both French and Ger- man admixture.

FIG. 2 (3 views). Ukranian from Novograd Bolynsk, in the Volhyn District. Like many Volhynians, this individual is predominantly Alpine, although he shows evidence of Atlanto-Mediterranean or Nordic admixture, or both. The Volhyn constitutes in part an Alpine sub-nucleus to the northeast of the Carpathians.

FIG. 3 (2 views, photo Marion Lambert). A Tosc from Katundi, southern Albania. This man is as perfect an Alpine as the Hungarian on the preceding plate, the French- man on Plate 12,

FIG. 2, or the Germans on Plate 11. Southern Albania forms an Al- pine nucleus comparable to that in south central France or Bavaria.

FIG.4 (1 view). Another Alpine Tosc; in this case from Gjinokaster, in the extreme southwest of Albania, bordering on Epirus.

FIG. 5 (3 views). A Greek from Sparta. The Alpine strain of southern Albania ex- tends down through western Greece into the. Peloponnesus. In Greece it is frequently blended with a local tall Mediterranean strain.


Source: The Races of Europe, Carleton S. Coon, The MacMillian Company, New York, 1948