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Tuesday, August 7th, 2007, 12:38 AM

The Alpine race is as important in the mountain zone from Syria to the Pamirs as it is in the corresponding portion of Europe. Both anthropometrically and morphologi- cally, the European and Asiatic Alpines are essentially identical. Furthermore, when not too strongly altered by mixture with other stocks, the Asiatic Alpines tend to an in- termediate pigment condition comparable to that of their European counterparts.

FIG.1 (3 views). A Syrian Alpine from Damascus. This man is typically Alpine, ex- cept perhaps for his rather extreme face length.

FIG. 2 (3 views). A Druze from Shuf, southern Syria. This man is in all respects an excellent Alpine. The Druze, followers of a secret religion based on the schismatic teach- ings of the Khalifa Hakim of the Mediaeval Fatimid Dynasty, claim to be descended from immigrants who moved from Yemen to Syria in the sixth century A.D. Although this tradition may be accurate, nevertheless the majority of the Druzes today are brachycephalic, and show a predominance of Alpine facial characters, which could only have had a local origin.

FIG. 3 (3 views). An Armenian from Cilicia, Asia Minor. The Armenians, for the most part Dinaricized, include in their ranks a minority of individuals who represent, as does this man, the Alpine prototype of the Asia Minor brachycephals.

FIG. 4 (1 view, photo B. N. Vishnevsky). An Iranian speaker from Russian Turke- stan; a good example of a central Asiatic Alpine.

FIG.5 (1 view, photo B. N. Vishnevsky). A Mountain Tajik from the Pamirs. The Tajiks are basically Alpine, and resemble the south-central French closely in an anthro- pometric sense. They form the last major outpost of the Alpine race to the East, as far as we know at present.

FIG. 6 (1 view, from a tempera painting by the artist Iacovleff, from his album Pein- tures d' Asie, Paris, 1935, permission Mme. Iacovleff). An Alpine-looking Hunza from the Hunza valley above Gilgit, in the Himalayas. The western Himalayas, from Kafiri- stan over into Tibet, are proving to be a refuge area of the greatest importance, with interesting racial as well as cultural implications. Nordics, various varieties of Mediter- raneans, as well as Alpines and other strains are apparently preserved in the inaccessible valleys of this territory.

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

Monday, April 19th, 2010, 12:30 PM
The term Asian Alpine is a bogus one and is heavily outdated, as is Coon. It is simply a term to refer to the Alpinids of Asia, how silly!

Monday, April 19th, 2010, 02:35 PM
The term Asian Alpine is a bogus one and is heavily outdated, as is Coon. It is simply a term to refer to the Alpinids of Asia, how silly!

Yet I think it makes sense to name those variants that way, because Alpinisation is mainly a process and it produced Alpinoid variants in various regions. Now those variants must not have too much in common genetically, but are just the result of an analogous development.

Especially if looking at the Eastern Alpinid variants of f.e. Turkey, Iran and even further East, they have a distinctive "Near Eastern Alpinid appearance" quite often. So I'd refer to Asian Alpinoids if I want to make that subtype clear, similar to Southern Mediterranid in North Africa or Eastnordid for Eastern Europe etc.