Group: Congolid


West African forest type native to the littoral of the Gulf of Guinea. Extends from Guinea all the way to Cameroon and sporadically even to Northwestern Angola. Typically found in Susu, Konyanke, Krou, Kuranko, Kissi, Guerzč, Kpelle, Yakoba, Temne, Bidyogo, Baule, Dida, Nago, Yoruba, also Ekoi, Kongo, Teke, and related people.

Physical Traits:

Usually dark brown skin, sometimes light brown. Kinky hair. Medium height, sometimes rather short, mesoskelic, mesomorph to endomorph. Dolichocephalic, orthocranic or mildly hypsicranic. (Hyper-)platyrrhine, depressed, often funnel-shaped nose. Face is low, lips thick, but thinner than in Sudanids, legs shorter, body hair slightly stronger. Prognathous.


The Guinesid was defined by Eickstedt (1934) after Struck (1922) had studied the Guinea-dolichocephaly. Later used analogously by other authors (Pales, 1953; Chabeuf, 1958; Biasutti, 1967; Vallois, 1971). Baker (1981) called it "Palaenegrid 2", Lundman (1967) included it in Hylaenegrid.

Similar types:

Casamance Sudano Guinesid
Guineo Camerunian West Congolesid
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