Group: Bantuid, Khoid


Very ancient Australiform African type. Probably more widespread during the Paleolithic, only survives as a rare minority element. May still be found in a few individuals in Zambia, Mozambique, DR Congo, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Botswana. Korana have been reported to have this kind of admixture as well as Zulus, Xhosa, and others.

Physical Traits:

Medium to dark brown skin, curly to kinky hair. Rather tall and mesomorph. Dolicho- mesocephalic with wide and very robust (facial) features. Deep-set eyes, heavy brow ridges, heavy jaw. Strongly platyrrhine. Face very wide, forehead is sloping. Chin is receding, hairiness is relatively strong.


The type was named by Lebzelter (1928) after the Katanga hills at the Congo/Zambia border, where similar prehistoric skeletal remains were found. Eickstedt (1934) called it Rhodesoid, Broom (1929) and Dennan (1929) Australoid. However like Eickstedt, Biasutti (1967) emphasised that "Australiform" is more correct.

Similar types:

Chopi-Tswana Proto Ethiopid
Khoid South Bantuid
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