Widespread type, native to the savannah regions of North-Equatorial Africa. Skull long and high, nose very wide and rather low-rooted, lips bulging, chin small, forehead steep, face large, hair kinky, legs long, and body muscular. In contrast to Bantuids of the southern savannahs, features are more pronounced, skulls higher, and legs longer. Represents an adaption to humid savannah climate. The most typical variety is the Sudanid (proper) of West Africa. In East Africa (esp. Kurdufan), a similar East Sudanid is found. The Bobo type of Burkina Faso is characterised by shorter skulls, the Senegalid by more gracile features and darker skin. The Equatorial Sudanids of Central Africa show stronger Congolid influence like several other varieties, e.g. the Casamance type. Slavery brought Sudanids to other continents like the Americas, where they constitute an important element today. Recent migrations bring them to Europe and parts of Asia.


Sudanid (Eickstedt, 1934, 1952; Vogel, 1974; Lundman (1967, 1988); Knussmann, 1996), Sudanese (Coon et al., 1950; Biasutti, 1967; Debets, 1974), Soudanaise (Vallois, 1968), Sudanian (Alexeev, 1979), West African Negro (Cole, 1965), Homo sudanensis (Sergi, 1908).

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Congolid Nilotid
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