Group: Turanid


Northern Turanid variant, has probably been more widespread prior to the Tungid expansion of Hunnic, Avar, and Chasar tribes. Influenced by the old Andronovo type, possibly even early Nordids and Pontids. May be regarded as North Pamirid. Probably common in the Neolithic Samara culture. Today most common in the Kazan Tatars, but also in other Turkic people.

Physical Traits:

Light brown skin, straight or wavy brown-black hair with dark or greenish eyes. Rather tall, mesoskelic, ectomorph to mesomorph. Mildly brachycephalic, mildly hypsicranic. Leptorrhine, sometimes convex nose. Face and angle of the mandible is wide, features robust, eyes mildly slanting, body hair relatively strong, the forehead steep.


Henkey and Horvath (1998), who investigated Kazakh, defined the type as Andronovo Turanid, Tóth (1992) found traces in Hungarians. Described as Sarmatian / Eurasian steppe type by Ginsburg (1968) and Bunak (1976), who noted presence in Kazan Tatars. Drontschilow (1915) and Battaglia (1967b) mention traces in Bulgaria. Vondernach (2008) classifies ancient Sarmatians as pred. Pamirid.

Similar types:

Volgid Aralid
Alföld Transcaspian
Plains Pamirid Central Pamirid
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