Quote Originally Posted by maymon View Post
How do you spot these Mediterranid traits? Do they differ any from the average Nordid skull?
Well, this largely depends on the question whether you deal with a gracile or robust Mediterranid component. F.e. in some LBK groups was a very gracile component with very fine features - this could be interpreted as a Gracilmediterranid component.

If dealing with robust/Atlantomediterranid variants, things become much more complicated and in many cases we can't say for sure with general traits whether an individual was actually Atlantomediterranid, Nordid, Iranid or Nordinid - since all these types are very close to each other morphologically wise, are Aurignacoid = leptodolichomorphic, robust boned and progressive/juvenile-mature Europid race forms.

And for certain parts of the LBK, Corded and even later Aunjetitzer population we can't be sure whether some Nordoid variants weren't the result of Mediterranid - Cromagnid mixture. I think, as pointed out above, that the modern Nordid populations are, varying from regions, at least partly the result of Mesolithic and Neolithic dark Aurignacoids moving North, being just depigmented there and in many cases mixing with the predominant Cromagnid component. But there was an autochthonous Aurignacoid element present too, of which we dont know whether it was light or dark pigmented in Mesolithic times.

Therefore if talking about Nordoid, this often just mean robust Aurignacoid in a region of which we can assume depigmentation took or was taking place at the time and we deal with Nordisation or already Nordid populations - which we can't say for sure until genetic testing, human remains or historic accounts make it sure.

How about Coon´s "Corded type"? Are the Corded Ware Nordoid skulls by any chance equivalent too the so called Corded type (used by Coon?)? If so, what traits do differ them from for example Göta?
Well, if looking at the main element in the Corded Ware population, we deal with a Nordoid variant which is in most of the cases higher skulled, absolutely and relatively, than modern Skandonordids are. There are however, as I already pointed out, low skulled variants among them, which can be attributed to individual variation, Cromagnid admixture or a different local Nordoid element. The height often exceeds the breadth of the head, which is something you dont find in modern populations too often, especially not in Skandonordids, but if rather in Trönder/Eastnordid variants, which are as a rule broader headed though, like most modern populations are.