Group: Congolid


Widespread type of the Congo forest basin, common from Gabon to DR Congo, Central African Republic, Angola, and Zambia. Typical for Western and Northern Bantu speakers, e.g. Lingala, Tshiluba, Bapoto, Boa, Ngumba, Ba Soko, Mpongwe, Barotse, and related people, more mixed in Chokwe, Kordofanians, Zande, Kongo, etc.

Physical Traits:

Dark brown, sometimes light brown skin. Kinky, rarely peppercorn hair. Rather short, mesoskelic with an endomorph to mesomorph body. Meso- sometimes brachycephalic, orthocranic. Large, angular face with prominent cheekbones. (Hyper-)platyrrhine funnel-shaped nose with an extremely depressed root. Lips thinner than in Sudanids, body hair stronger. Occiput flat. Prognathous with a receding chin.


Defined as a Paleo Negrid subtype by Eickstedt (1934) or Congolaise by Pales (1953), Chabeuf (1958), Vallois (1971) and others. Baker (1981) called it "Palšnegrid 1", Biasutti (1967) regarded it as the most typical variety of his race Silvestre, Lundman (1967) of Hylšnegrid.

Similar types:

Guinesid Guineo Camerunian
West Congolesid Mundu Mangbeto
Twa-Cwa South Bantuid
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