Group: Polynesid


Northwestern Polynesid subtype. Combines Nesiotid elements with Proto Malayid and some Melanesid influence. Typically found on the islands of Micronesia, Guam, and more mixed in Palau, Mariana, and other islands. Associated with Chuukese, Pohnpeian, Kosraean, Yapese, Chamorro, Palauans, and related people.

Physical Traits:

Coppery medium brown skin with straight to wavy, sometimes curly brown-black hair. Rather short, mesoskelic, endomorph. Dolicho- mesocephalic, hypsicranic with a mesorrhine, sometimes bulbous nose. Face relatively flat, sometimes fleshy. Lips rather thick. Eyes tend to be narrow, often slanting.


Only some authors placed the type in a distinct group. The first was Desmoulins (1826), who described it as Carolinese. Named Mikronesid by Eickstedt (1937, 1952), who regarded it a Polynesid subtype like Biasutti (1967). Lundman (1967), among others, describes it as a special mixed type, but not as a subrace.

Similar types:

Dayakid Nesiotid
Proto Malayid Fijid
South Polynesid
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