Group: Melanesid, Polynesid


Polynesid-Melanesid contact type. The dominant type in the population of the Fiji Islands. Both elements have probably mixed in the zone for several millennia. Also found in the Solomons, Vanuatu, East New Guinea, and some other regions of Melanesia and Polynesia.

Physical Traits:

Dark, sometimes medium brown skin. Usually tight-curly black-brown hair. (Rather) tall, brachyskelic, mesomorph, sometimes endomorph. Meso- brachycephalic, orthocranic. Mildly platyrrhine nose, often straight, sometimes with a depressed root. Lips are relatively thick, brow ridges marked, prognathy mild, forehead sloping, hairiness relatively strong.


Named and defined as a hybrid Fijian subrace by Biasutti (1967). Detailed investigations were made by Howells and Moss (1933) and Gabel (1958), among others. Eickstedt (1934) regarded it as a tall, robust Polynesid-Melanesid mix, Howells (1970) as "group G2".

Similar types:

Insular Melanesid Micronesid
Paleo Melanesid Robust Polynesid
South Polynesid Nesiotid
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