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    Question Classify this gentleman if you can

    Here is a test for all you physical anthropology officionados and wannabees. Lets see what a simple photograph can tell you with no other information. Is he Greek, Spanish, French, Italian, Arab...? Is he dolicocephalic (to use Coon's vernacular), Dinaric (whatever that means). Give me your best shot.

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    You can't tell if he's dolicocephalic or not because it is not a profile pic. And he's smiling, so his features are distorted. He doesn't look Dinaric or like any Spaniards I've seen. He looks Armenoid/Med.

    I'm not going to guess ethnicity because he's probably "100% [insert unlikely European country name here]".

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    These are more pictures of the same gentleman. Yes he does look quite different in both pictures but I thought it might help you venture a guess.



    Quote Originally Posted by ladygoeth33
    You can't tell if he's dolicocephalic or not because it is not a profile pic. And he's smiling, so his features are distorted. He doesn't look Dinaric or like any Spaniards I've seen. He looks Armenoid/Med.

    I'm not going to guess ethnicity because he's probably "100% [insert unlikely European country name here]".

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    Yeah, he's brachycephalic and some might look at that with his sloping forehead and automatically classify him as "Dinaric." I think he's a Mediterranean who has been "Dinaricized" via Armenoid, but I don't think he looks like a European Dinaric type that you'd see in Southeast Hungary for example.

    I like the shape of his head. He's kind of cute.

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    I'm new to this parlance. What exactly does "a Mediterranean who has been "Dinaricized" via Armenoid, but I don't think he looks like a European Dinaric type that you'd see in Southeast Hungary for example." mean? Are "Dinarics" Caucasian or European? Where would you say he is from if you ran into him in the street?



    Quote Originally Posted by ladygoeth33
    Yeah, he's brachycephalic and some might look at that with his sloping forehead and automatically classify him as "Dinaric." I think he's a Mediterranean who has been "Dinaricized" via Armenoid, but I don't think he looks like a European Dinaric type that you'd see in Southeast Hungary for example.

    I like the shape of his head. He's kind of cute.

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    Dinarics are Caucasian and European.

    I've heard 2 theories on Dinarics:

    • They are a blend of Med - Alpine - Nordic
    • They are Neolithic - Armenoid


    Armenoids are Alpinized Irano-Afghans.

    Here are my guesses:

    If he's European he's likely from somewhere in Southeast Europe where people of Iranic descent settled. If he's Central European, he could be an Avar descendant. If he's Hungarian he could be a Jász. But he could be from any Mediterranean country. He could be Palestinian.

    Those are my best theories. So, what is he, a pure blooded Scot?

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    I've heard thatDinarics are a stabilized blend of 2/3 Med and 1/3 Alpine... of course, we're speaking about tall Meds, because Dinarics are very tall on average.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe1
    Here is a test for all you physical anthropology officionados and wannabees. Lets see what a simple photograph can tell you with no other information. Is he Greek, Spanish, French, Italian, Arab...? Is he dolicocephalic (to use Coon's vernacular), Dinaric (whatever that means). Give me your best shot.
    Out of that list, my first guess is French, second guess Spanish, third guess Italian.

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