Group: Polynesid


Mediterraniform Polynesid variety. Has been noted for its Europoid features, although no close genetic relationship exists. Typical in Samoa, also Marquesas, Tahiti, Easter Island, Fiji, Hawaii, all of Polynesia, but also Solomons, Vanuatu, New Zealand, and parts of New Guinea, where it often blends with Melanesids. Occasionally in the (Lesser) Sunda and Malaca Islands, parts of East Asia.

Physical Traits:

Light to medium brown, velvet-like skin, wavy, sometimes curly brown-black, rarely light hair. Tall, mesoskelic, mesomorph, sometimes endomorph. Mesocephalic, mildly hypsicranic. Mildly leptorrhine, slightly convex nose. Facial features refined, marked. Not very thick lips, supraorbital arches mild.


Named and defined as Nes(iot)id by Lundman (1952, 1967) after others had identified a gracile Europiform (Sullivan, 1923) or pseudo-Mediterranid (Giuffrida-Ruggeri, 1913b) Polynesian element. Biasutti (1967) described it as a mesocephal variant of his Polynesian, Eickstedt (1934) and Knussmann (1996) as Polynesid proper. Genetically South Mongoloid-Melanesian (Friedlaender et al. 2008).

Similar types:

Aoshima Micronesid
Proto Malayid Robust Polynesid
Fijid South Polynesid
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