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Narrow nose native to Africa

Posted by big mike M on October 14, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Different features among Africans,

particularly EAST AFRICANS, like

narrow noses are not due to different

"race" mixes but are part of the built-in

physical diversity and variation of

African peoples.

Narrow noses appear in

the oldest African populations for

example, in Kenya's Gamble Cave

complex. East Africans like Somalians or

Kenyans do not need any outside race

"mix" or migration to make them look

the way they do.


".. all their features can be found in

several living populations of East Africa,

like the Tutsi of Rwanda and Burundi,

who are very dark skinned and differ

greatly from Europeans in a number of

body proportions.. There is every reason

to believe that they are ancestral to the

living 'Elongated East Africans'. Neither

of these populations, fossil and modern,

should be considered to be closely

related to the populations of Europe and

western Asia.. In skin colour, the Tutsi

are darker than the Hutu, in the reverse

direction to that leading to the

caucasoids. Lip thickness provides a

similar case: on an average the lips of the

Tutsi are thicker than those of the Hutu."

[Jean Hiernaux, The People of Africa

(1975), pgs 42-43, 62-63)

"In sub-Saharan Africa, many

anthropological characters show a wide

range of population means or

frequencies. In some of them, the whole

world range is covered in the

sub-continent. Here live the shortest and

the tallest human populations, the one

with the highest and the one with the

lowest nose, the one with the thickest

and the one with the thinnest lips in the

world. In this area, the range of the

average nose widths covers 92 per cent

of the world range: only a narrow range

of extremely low means are absent from

the African record. Means for head

diameters cover about 80 per cent of the

world range; 60 per cent is the

corresponding value for a variable once

cherished by physical anthropologists,

the cephalic index, or ratio of the head

width to head length expressed as a


- Jean Hiernaux, "The People of Africa"

1975 p.53, 54

"Prehistoric human crania from

Bromhead's Site, Willey's Kopje, Makalia

Burial Site, Nakuru, and other localities

in the Eastern Rift Valley of Kenya are

reassessed using measurements and a

multivariate statistical approach.

Materials available for comparison

include series of Bushman and Hottentot

crania. South and East African Negroes,

and Egyptians. Up to 34 cranial

measurements taken on these series are

utilized to construct three multiple

discriminant frameworks, each of which

can assign modern individuals to a

correct group with considerable

accuracy. When the prehistoric crania are

classified with the help of these

discriminants, results indicate that several

of the skulls are best grouped with

modern Negroes. This is especially clear

in the case of individuals from

Bromhead's Site, Willey's Kopje, and

Nakuru, and the evidence hardly suggests

post-Pleistocene domination of the Rift

and surrounding territory by

"Mediterranean" Caucasoids, as has been

claimed. Recent linguistic and

archaeological findings are also

reviewed, and these seem to support

application of the term Nilotic Negro to

the early Rift populations." (Rightmire

GP. New studies of post-Pleistocene

human skeletal remains from the Rift

Valley, Kenya. Am J Phys Anthropol.

1975 May;42(3):351-69. )

"....inhabitants of East Africa right on the

equator have appreciably longer,

narrower, and higher noses than people

in the Congo at the same latitude. A

former generation of anthropologists

used to explain this paradox by invoking

an invasion by an itinerant "white"

population from the Mediterranean area,

although this solution raised more

problems than it solved since the East

Africans in question include some of the

blackest people in the world with

characteristically wooly hair and a body

build unique among the world's

populations for its extreme linearity and

height.... The relatively long noses of

East Africa become explicable then when

one realizes that much of the area is

extremely dry for parts of the year." (C.

Loring Brace, "Nonracial Approach

Towards Human Diversity," cited in The

Concept of Race, Edited by Ashley

Montagu, The Free Press, 1980, pp.

135-136, 138)

"The .... excavations at Gogoshiis Qabe

(Somalia) uncovered eleven virtually

complete and articulated primary

burials...Closest morphological affinities

are with early Holocene skeletons from

Lake Turkana, Kenya...and Lake Besaka,


(S. Brandt, (1986) The Upper

Pleistocene and early Holocene

prehistory of the Horn of Africa. Journal

African Archaeological Review. Volume

4, Number 1, Pages 41-82 )

"The role of tall, linearly built

populations in eastern Africa's prehistory

has always been debated. Traditionally,

they are viewed as late migrants into the

area. But as there is better

palaeoanthropological and linguistic

documentation for the earlier presence of

these populations than for any other

group in eastern Africa, it is far more

likely that they are indigenous eastern

Africans. ... prehistoric linear populations

show resemblances to both Upper

Pleistocene eastern African fossils and

present-day, non-Bantu-speaking groups

in eastern Africa, with minor differences

stemming from changes in overall

robusticity of the dentition and skeleton.

This suggests a longstanding tradition of

linear populations in eastern Africa,

contributing to the indigenous

development of cultural and biological

diversity from the Pleistocene up to the


(L . A . SCHEPARTZ, "Who were the

later Pleistocene eastern Africans?" The

African Archaeological Review, 6

(1988), pp. 57- 72)

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