(Photographic Supplement, Plate 40)
Dinarics in Western Asia: I
In Asia Minor, Syria, Armenia, the Caucasus, and Turkestan the reŽmergence
of a basic Alpine population has Dinaricized the local brunet Mediterranean
types shown on Plates 17 and 18. These Asiatic-Dinarics are usually called
Armenoids, although the distinction is arbitrary, and in the strict sense
only the Armenians themselves and others who live in the east deserve that
FIG. 1 (3 views). A Turk from Istanbul. Small-headed,
hyperbrachycephalic, this individual is an extreme type of Dinaricized
Anatolian Turk. The Turks are (a) Mediterraneans of local Cappadocian
origin, and (b) intrusive Irano-Afghans, the invading Turkish element
proper, Dinaricized by a local Alpine reŽmergence. The westernmost Turks are
fair to brunet-white in skin color, the eastern Turks grow progressively
darker as one approaches Kurdish and Armenian territory.
FIG. 2 (3 views). An equally brachycephalic Turk from Khozat,
Anatolia, with a strong trace of eye blondism.
FIG. 3 (3 views). A dark-skinned Turk from Kharput, eastern
Anatolia. Kharput is also the home of many Armenians.
FIG. 4 (3 views). An Assyrian from the mountains south of Armenia;
the Assyrians are Christians who moved into the mountains from Iraq some 600
years ago, and who are now as brachycephalic as Armenians. Their exact
ethnic origin is difficult to determine.