Group: Congolid, Sudanid


Type of the Sudanid-Guinesid contact belt with a variety of unique features that set it apart from other groups. Most common in the lower Casamance region of West Africa in South Senegal, Gambia, and Guinea-Bissau, where it is found in Jola, Jola-Felupe, Diamate, and related groups. In low frequencies across West Africa in Ashanti, Bayot, Dyula, Dagomba, Bolon, Tiefo, and others.

Physical Traits:

Dark brown, sometimes black skin, usually kinky hair. Medium height or rather tall, (hyper-)brachyskelic, mesomorph. Mesocephalic, orthocranic. Platyrrhine nose. The face is large with big eyes and bulging lips. Prognathy is usually significant. Body hair weak.


The type was identified within the "atypical groups" of the Sudano-Guinean region by Pales and St-Péreuse (1953) as the "Western" type. Also described by Chabeuf (1959), who studied relationships to types farther East.

Similar types:

Senegalid Bobo
Guinesid Sudano Guinesid
Guineo Camerunian
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