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    While flipping through the latest issue of National Geogrpahic I stumbled upon this interesting photograph of an Afghan girl. From an anthropological perspective, it's is quite interesting.

    The scanned image I have attached has lost a bit of color compared with the original. Her eyes are clearly blue as shown in the picture in the magazine itself.

    The caption read: "The European features of a girl in a Kabul market hint at the migrants and conquerors--Persian, Greek, Arab, Mongol, British, Russian--who collided in the land historian Arnold Toynbee dubbed "roundabout" of the ancient world."

    I don't know about Arabs or Mongols lended a phenotype such as this but perhaps the others mentioned could have carried such traits. Another thought is that she might descend (partially) from incoming IE speakers from the steppelands...

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    Any comments welcome.

    Classification?

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    She definetly looks very European. If I saw her here I would never think she has something other than N. European in her blood. It is really hard for me to classify her because she is too young. High-bridged nose, blue eyes, I doubt she is some kind of UP, more likely Corded or Irano-afgan.

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    I am very surprised, she doesn't look like an Arab in the slightest she could be an Austrian or Irish perhaps, that’s what I would say at first glance anyhow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allenson
    While flipping through the latest issue of National Geogrpahic I stumbled upon this interesting photograph of an Afghan girl. From an anthropological perspective, it's is quite interesting.

    The scanned image I have attached has lost a bit of color compared with the original. Her eyes are clearly blue as shown in the picture in the magazine itself.

    The caption read: "The European features of a girl in a Kabul market hint at the migrants and conquerors--Persian, Greek, Arab, Mongol, British, Russian--who collided in the land historian Arnold Toynbee dubbed "roundabout" of the ancient world."

    I don't know about Arabs or Mongols lended a phenotype such as this but perhaps the others mentioned could have carried such traits. Another thought is that she might descend (partially) from incoming IE speakers from the steppelands...
    Could be from either Birtish, Russian, Monglo, incoming IE speakers from the steppes etc. Her eyes have an "exotic" shape to them other than that she looks like her parents are hippes from the way she's dressed

    I don't know much about Afghanistan or their peoples but they are a mix of different tribes I guess. I think Afghanistan is just the name of the country, not the people.



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    Let's see what she looks like in 20 years.

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    Indeed, shew is young which can make classification difficult as features are often 'grown into'. However, I don't think many people would class her in the Irano-Afghan category whcih seems to be the dominant type in Afghanistan.

    I agree with Providenje that the most "exotic" feature she has is her eye shape.

    If you were to put her in muddy soccer jersey and place her in the back of a mini-van with a golder retriver licker her face, she would not be out of place in white suburbia here in America.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimr
    I am very surprised, she doesn't look like an Arab in the slightest she could be an Austrian or Irish perhaps, that’s what I would say at first glance anyhow.

    Um thats because shes NOT arab....why does everyone associate countries other than european and asian as arab? how ignorant can you get? besides, Afghanistan has a very high population of Germans who settled there during wwII,also a lot of muslims from europe went to afghanistan via taliban, not EVERYONE in afghanistan is an Afghan...these are simply photos taken by photographers who know nothing about the country, 20 bucks says shes probably not an "afghan" two major languages of afghan dari and pashto, the rest of the languages in afghanistan are foreign

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    this girl isn't very suprising to me since I have been to that region and seen lots of people like that.

    Thiespas, are you sure that germans live in Afghanistan?? Even if they did wouldn't they go back?

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    several generations they just became national afghans...they intermarry adopt culture etc...plus a lot of russians (rape victims) during soviet times...my grandfather was in the germany army during wwII and he gave me this information, i dont see why he would have lied?

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