Indian Craniometric Variability and Affinities

Pathmanathan Raghavan, Francis Bulbeck, Gayathiri Pathmanathan, Suresh Kanta Rathee

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    Recently published craniometric and genetic studies indicate a predominantly indigenous ancestry of Indian populations. We address this issue with a fuller coverage of Indian craniometrics than any done before.We analyse metrical variability within Indian series, Indians' sexual dimorphism, differences between northern and southern Indians, index-based differences of Indian males fromother series, and Indians'multivariate affinities.The relationship between a variable'smagnitude and its variability is log-linear. This relationship is strengthened by excluding cranial fractions and series with a sample size less than 30.Male crania are typically larger than female crania, but there are also shape differences. Northern Indians differ from southern Indians in various features including narrower orbits and less pronounced medial protrusion of the orbits. Indians resemble Veddas in having small crania and similar cranial shape. Indians' wider geographic affinities lie with "Caucasoid" populations to the northwest, particularly affecting northern Indians. The latter finding is confirmed from shape-based Mahalanobis-D distances calculated for the best sampled male and female series. Demonstration of a distinctive South Asian craniometric profile and the intermediate status of northern Indians between southern Indians and populations northwest of India confirm the predominantly indigenous ancestry of northern and especially southern Indians.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)836738-836738
    JournalJournal of Evolutionary Biology
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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