Group: Australid


Insular, slightly gracilised Australid subtype of Tasmania. Similar to Barrinean, sometimes also associated with Melanesid or Negritid. Most likely developed due to isolation after Tasmania split off Australia. Extinct today, the last full-blooded male / female died in 1869 / 1876. European colonists had wiped out the type within a few decades by war, displacement, and most importantly introduced diseases. However, a few descendants of mixed ancestry remain.

Physical Traits:

Dark brown, sometimes black skin with kinky hair. Rather short, brachyskelic, mesomorph. Mesocephalic sometimes dolichocephalic, chamae- orthocranic. The nose is hyperplatyrrhine, very short, medium-high with a thick tip. Faces are broad and short, mouth large, convex upper lip, prognathy mild. Supraorbital arches and body hair strong.


Some regarded it as a Melanesid subtype (Eickstedt, 1934; Abbie, 1958). Others believed it to be an Australid-Negritid Tasmanian subrace (Hooton, 1946; Coon et al., 1950). Ludman (1967 who called it Tasmanid and Biasutti (1967) regard it as an Australid subrace. Anthropometric analysis seem to support this (Pietrusewsky, 2005).

Similar types:

Desert Australid Paleo Melanesid
South Australid Barrinean
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