Indo Brachid

Group: Armenoid, Indid, Turanid


Indo Brachid proper, relatively recent Indid-Turano-Armenid contact type, probably the result of old Pashto, Saka, and Scythian migrations. Common from Southwestern India to Afghanistan, especially Gujarati, Maharashtra, and Eastern Pakistan. Typical in Nagar Brahmin, Kayastha, Kannada, Jat and Mir-Jat, South Baluchistan, sometimes Baloch, sporadically Indochina and Sumatra. Romani brought it to Europe.

Physical Traits:

Light to medium brown skin, straight or wavy hair. Medium height, mesoskelic, endomorph to ectomorph. Mildly brachycephalic, mildly hypsicranic with a flat occiput. Often convex, mildly leptorrhine nose. Face short. Overall similar to Indo Iranid, but less hairy, larger-headed, flatter-faced, higher-nosed, and shorter-statured, body hair scanter. Sometimes mildly slanting eyes and strong cheek bones.


First named Homo indicus brachimorphus by Giuffrida-Ruggeri (1912). Risley (1917) called it Scytho-Dravidian, Eickstedt (1931, 1934) West (Indo-)Brachid, noting Turanid influence, Bernhard (1993) and Knussmann (1996) call it Indo Brachid. Lundman (1967), Giuffrida-Ruggeri (1921) and Biasutti (1967) linked it to Armenoid, so did Vallois (1971) as Alpo-Dinaric (his Anatolian / Armenoid).

Similar types:

Central Pamirid Central Brachid
Indo Iranid East Brachid
Gracile Indid
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