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    Project for Skadi Volunteers: Anthropological Map of Germany

    This is an idea I had been thinking for some time now and that's perfect for Skadi.net. Divide Germany into 50x50 km grids and select one town in each grid. Then, a group of volunteers goes to each town, selects a random high school, and recruits 200 boys and girls, evenly split, all of 18 years of age, to allow themselves to be measured. The measurements would be composed of a battery of at least a hundred different characteristics, from standard measures such as height, hair color, and eye color, to more odd and rare stuff such as cranial length, teeth overbite, form of the nose, hairiness of forearms, Anatolian bump (in the back of the head), attached earlobe, relative length of forearm to upper arm, etc.

    This data could then be used to build all sorts of correlations, which ideally could lead to new revelations of how Germans became what they are today. We might find some subtle differences that can only be seen by mathematics, and which coincide with a known historical migration of the German tribes, allowing us to slowly reconstruct from where each group of ancient people originally came from, and how they were related to each other before each tribe went its own way.

    Besides the scientific usefulness, it would be unquestionably something fascinating in and of itself. And it would be done in a more scientific manner than the way some of the old maps we have to rely on today were made (and which concentrated on only half a dozen characteristics).

    If this project came out succesfully, it would be an inspiration to do the same for other countries. I can easily imagine the next country to embark on such a project would be the United Kingdom, and hopefully afterwards, every country in Europe (I originally thought about this with regards to Italy; I'm of Italian ancestry).

    We are yet far away from deciphering the DNA code to know with absolute precision the differences between populations. To understand the differences between populations we will have to rely on direct physical measurements for at least a few more decades, until we fully master DNA. The few charts and maps we have today were taken decades ago. We don't know how accurate their methods were (some of these maps I've seen were clearly guessing for many regions). And they were concentrated on a few notable characteristics, such as height, hair color, dolichocephaly, and a few others.



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    The ideal moment to do this would be in Spring, when school is open and it's still a nice weather. Ideally, the whole project would be finished in 2 months, so the team/s have to move fast. If you divide Germany in 50x50 grids, there are about 150 points to take measurements. There are 40 school days in 2 months, so 4 schools would have to be measured every day. That requires 4 teams working simultaneously. Plus, there should be a 5th group in charge of getting the permission from the schools and inviting the participants to attend on schedule. With enthusiasm, this could be done, and it would be a fun project.

    Each team should be made up of 4 people, so they can all fit comfortably in a single vehicle with all the measuring instruments, and still have sufficient manpower to do the job on time. Ideally, there should be 2 males and 2 females, and each sex takes measurements of the members of their own sex. None of the characteristics being measured should be sexual in any way, so as to minimize any uncomfortable feelings amongst the participants and make the process smooth and easy. For the same reason, the measurements should in no other way be of a sensitive nature. The whole process should be seen by all as a fun day, with everyone wanting to participate and curious about the whole project. There could be a preliminary website where people could get more info on the project. An endorsement by a university would also help smooth the process of acquiring permission from the schools. I wouldn't be surprised if some anthropology people would like to participate in the project themselves after it is explained to them.

    Finally, before beginning, a big measurement in one single location should be done involving participants from all ages between 15 and 25. This should be a big measurement involving 1000 people, roughly 100 from each age. After all the data is gathered, it is analyzed to see what changes occur with age. Perhaps 18 years of age is still too young to take measurements because some characteristics continue appearing a few years later. Maybe the hair continues darkening until a couple years later. Balancing the pros and cons, an ideal age bracket is selected to minimize these distortions. Hopefully, it would be 18 years of age, so that measurements can be taken in high schools, where attendance is universal and reflects better the makeup of the local city or town.

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    AW: Project for Skadi volunteers: anthropological map of Germany

    We might find some subtle differences that can only be seen by mathematics, and which coincide with a known historical migration of the German tribes, allowing us to slowly reconstruct from where each group of ancient people originally came from, and how they were related to each other before each tribe went its own way.
    The results would be meaningless because of expulsions after WW2 and inner-German migration today.

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    Re: Project for Skadi volunteers: anthropological map of Germany

    I doubt many of the Jewish ruled Germans will take it kindly, being rounded up and measured for their traits like in the old days.

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