Pre Slavic

Group: East Europid


Ancient Central European element, associated with Pre-Slavic people. Common in Poles and West Ukrainians, especially in Volhynia, Galicia, Podolia, and east of Warsaw. May be found in the Balkans, in Czechs, Slovaks, Austrians, Germans, West Ukrainians, and Russians, even Finns. The fairer Vistulan, the Sudetic, and the Danube-March Valley types are similar and may be regarded as subvarieties.

Physical Traits:

Pale to fair skin, straight or wavy, brown, rarely blonde hair, brown or mixed eyes. (Rather) short, endomorph to mesomorph with short limbs. Mesocephalic, sometimes brachycephalic, ortho- hypsicranic with a small egg-shaped head. Mildly leptorrhine, often depressed, concave nose. Relatively low, wide faces, prominent malars.


Originally described by Reche (1908) as Sudetic, adopted by Günther (1942) and Drexel (1955). Czekanowski (1929) and Schwidetzky (1935) called it Pre Slavic, like Biasutti (1967), who regarded it a Batid subtype. Januschke (1936) regarded Danube-March, Pre Slavic and Sudetic as Osteuropid varieties. Coon (1939) included it in Neo Danubian, Eickstedt (1934) and Schwidetzky (1935) in Osteuropid.

Similar types:

Neo Danubian Ladogan
Alföld Volgid
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