Group: Indid, Veddid


Indid-Veddid influenced type of Southwestern India, found in its most typical form in Kerala, e.g. in Malabarese and related people. Common with a large population. It is similar to the Indo Melanids further East, often mixed with Keralids and sometimes with Malids. In Southwestern Dekkan, there exists a more brachimorph variety, the Canarese.

Physical Traits:

Dark brown skin, black, often wavy hair. Medium height, mesoskelic, ectomorph. Small-headed, dolichocephalic, orthocranic or mildly hypsicranic. Mesorrhine nose, significantly wider than in Indids. The face is short with a mildly prominent chin and full lips. The features overall are less robust and more slender than in the Melanids farther east.


Biasutti described this type together with its Canarese subvariety and grouped them into Paleo Indid together with Tamils (Biasutti, 1967). Eickstedt (1929,1934,1937) considered it an Indid-Veddoid blend.

Similar types:

GracileIndid Kolid
Keralid Toda
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