Mountain Aralid

Group: Tungid, Turanid


Tungid variety, weakly influenced by Turanid. Usually united with Aralid, but more Mongoloid. Native to the Tian Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan and Western China. Particularly common among Kyrgyz. Sporadically in Kazakhs, Yakuts, Uyghurs, Mongols, and related groups.

Physical Traits:

Light brown skin, straight, often black, sometimes light hair, and dark, sometimes mixed eyes. Medium height, macroskelic, endomorph. Mildly leptorrhine nose. Brachycephalic, chamae- orthocranic. Cheekbones very prominent, face broad, forehead often sloping. Epicanthus as strong as in Gobid, but face more profiled and body hair stronger.


Oshanin (1964) defined it as the southeastern, Alexeev (1979) as the Tien Shanian South Siberian variety. South Siberian or Altai-Caspian was also used by Levin (1963) and Aleksejev (1974b). Sometimes placed in Turanid (Eickstedt, 1934), but later usually in Tungid (Schwidetzky, 1950; Biasutti, 1967) or Kumid (Lundman, 1967).

Similar types:

Aralid Katanga
Central Pamirid Gobid
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