The Middle Nile type is a contact type of the Nile Valley located in Northern Sudan. Features are variable, although North African, West Asian, and Sub-Saharan elements have a long history of contact in the region. In difference to the North Ethiopid Nubians of the region, it is characterised by a combination of Sudanid and Orientalid. Most common from Khartoum to Kosti and west to El Obeid, also in Kababish, Sudanese Arabs, and even Baqquara.
Medium to dark brown skin, relatively fair for the region - a result of Orientalid admixture. Curly to kinky black hair. Rather tall, brachyskelic, variable body type. Dolicho- mesocephalic, orthocranic. Meso- platyrrhine. Overall features appear soft.
Eickstedt (1934) described it as a local contact type of North Africa: the second-easternmost type of the Saharan contact belt. Keane (1920) as a mixed Semite type, similarly Biasutti (1967) as Libyid-admixed. Detailed analysis by Seligman (1918). The intermediate position was confirmed genetically by Tay and Saha (1988).
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