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    Post Skull Morphology:Mesocephalic vs. Brachycephalic

    What causes mesocephalicism and brachycephalicism? What are the environmental factors that make some people long headed and others round headed?

    How can this be applied to the Racial Classification of the European Subraces?

    I also read an article which says that modern Europeans are slightly more Brachyecephalic than they were Thousands of years ago and that Europeans are getting more "Round headed". Any Truth behind this?

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    Post Re: Skull Morphology:Mesocephalic vs. Brachycephalic

    I've heard about that too. I've noticed in my country that older people are more commonly brachycephalic, but younger people are meso and dolichocephalic.

    From what I understand, Cro-Magnon man was dolichocephalic, but most modern UP types are Brachy or even Mesocephalic. Modern Nordic types are most commonly meso,
    Mediterraneans are dolicho.

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    Post Re: Skull Morphology:Mesocephalic vs. Brachycephalic

    Quote Originally Posted by Northern_Paladin
    What causes mesocephalicism and brachycephalicism? What are the environmental factors that make some people long headed and others round headed?

    How can this be applied to the Racial Classification of the European Subraces?

    I also read an article which says that modern Europeans are slightly more Brachyecephalic than they were Thousands of years ago and that Europeans are getting more "Round headed". Any Truth behind this?
    No, the process is in reverse.
    Studies in the sixties noted a disparity between indices and dimensions of the head selected in 1880 and 1960, mesocephaly is increased while striking deviation between neighbouring areas are gradually erased to show uniformity.
    Loring Brace finds contemporary Northwest European resembling Cro Magnon far more than Neolithic and Bronze Age series.

    A theory explains mesocephaly by complex mechanisms of a change of the anfle of the basion, performing a rotation of the occiput and hence a reduction of the head form.

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    Post Re: Skull Morphology:Mesocephalic vs. Brachycephalic

    Quote Originally Posted by Frans_Jozef
    No, the process is in reverse.
    Studies in the sixties noted a disparity between indices and dimensions of the head selected in 1880 and 1960, mesocephaly is increased while striking deviation between neighbouring areas are gradually erased to show uniformity.
    Loring Brace finds contemporary Northwest European resembling Cro Magnon far more than Neolithic and Bronze Age series.

    A theory explains mesocephaly by complex mechanisms of a change of the anfle of the basion, performing a rotation of the occiput and hence a reduction of the head form.
    Maybe it's related to nutrition. Just think of all the little five foot tall grannies and their 6+ foot grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    Paleolithic humans (including, presumably, Cro-Magnons) had much better nutrition than Neolithics. We have only now regained our Ice Age stature.
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    Post Re: Skull Morphology:Mesocephalic vs. Brachycephalic

    A theory explains mesocephaly by complex mechanisms of a change of the anfle of the basion, performing a rotation of the occiput and hence a reduction of the head form.
    Can you explain this in "Simpler" terms. Yes this may be the Mechanism but Why Long headed as opposed to Round headed?

    No, the process is in reverse.
    Studies in the sixties noted a disparity between indices and dimensions of the head selected in 1880 and 1960, mesocephaly is increased while striking deviation between neighbouring areas are gradually erased to show uniformity.
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    Seems like intermixture. The blending of Extremes into a Medium.

    Maybe it's related to nutrition. Just think of all the little five foot tall grannies and their 6+ foot grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
    Head shape affected by nutrition? could be somewhat. But I think genetics is an overiding factor. WIth Height Nutrition of course has a much greater impact.
    Last edited by Northern Paladin; Tuesday, July 6th, 2004 at 10:03 PM.

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