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The Dinaric race, also known as the Adriatic race, were terms used by certain physical anthropologists in the early to mid-20th century[1][2][3] to describe the perceived predominant phenotype of the contemporary ethnic groups of Central and Southeast Europe
Southeast Europe
(a sub-type of Caucasoid race).


1 History and physiognomy 2 Origin and distribution 3 "Noric" subtype 4 References 5 Sources 6 External links

History and physiognomy[edit] The concept of a Dinaric race
Dinaric race
originated with Joseph Deniker
Joseph Deniker
in the late 19th century, but became most closely associated with the writings of Carleton S. Coon
Carleton S. Coon
and Nazi eugenicist Hans F. K. Günther. The term was derived from the Dinaric Alps
Dinaric Alps
(the western part of the Southeastern Europe) which was supposed to be the principal habitat of the race. According to Jan Czekanowski, the Dinaric race
Dinaric race
is a mixed type consisting of the Nordic race
Nordic race
and Mediterranean race, which he proves by anthropological research involving geographical data, cephalic index, and characteristic racial features. He states: "The Dinaric type is characterized by quite light skin, dark hair from dark brown to dark blonde, and a wide range of eye color; tall stature, a brachycephalic skull, long face, a very narrow and prominent nose, sometimes aquiline; a slender body type, and very big feet." Characteristics were defined as very tall, mostly mesomorph bodily build, with relatively long legs and short trunk and a long arm span. The overall anatomy of the head was said to be brachycephalic to hyperbrachycephalic (Cranial index: 81–86), i.e. a combination of high breadth of head and medium length of the neurocranium, whose back part is often somewhat flattened (planoccipital). The type has been described as follows:[by whom?]

The vertical height of the cranium is high. Eyes are set relatively close and the surrounding tissue defines them as wide open. The iris is most often brown, with a significant percentage of light pigmentation in the Dinaric population. The nose is large, narrow and convex. The face is long and orthognathic, with a prominent chin, and also wide. The form of the forehead is variable, but not rarely it is bulbous. The hair color is usually dark brown, with black-haired and blond individuals in minority, blondness being the characteristic of the more Central European, morphologically similar Noric race
Noric race
(a race intermediate between Nordic and Dinaric races). The skin is lacking the rosy color characteristic for Northern Europe as well as the relatively brunet pigmentation characteristic for the southernmost Europe and on a geographical plane it is of medium pigmentation and often it is variable.

Origin and distribution[edit]

Joseph Deniker's map of European races (1899) identified "Dinarics" as the dominant group in parts of central Europe, Northern Italy
and the North West Balkans.

Several theories were advanced regarding the genesis of the Dinaric race. Most researchers agreed that this race was autochthonous to its present habitat from the Neolithic
period. Both Günther and Coon claimed that the Bell-Beaker people of the European Bronze Age
Bronze Age
were at least partially Dinaric. Coon also argued, however, in The Origin of Races (1962), that the Dinaric and some other categories "are not races but simply the visible expressions of the genetic variability of the intermarrying groups to which they belong." He referred to the creation of this distinctive phenotype from the mixing of earlier separate groups as "dinaricisation". In his view Dinarics were a specific type that arose from ancient mixes of the Mediterranean race
Mediterranean race
and Alpine race. According to the Dinaric model, Dinarics were to be found mainly in the mountainous areas of Southeast Europe: Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo, Slovenia, Austria, part of northwestern Bulgaria, and northwestern Republic of Macedonia. Northern and eastern Italy
was considered mostly a Dinaric area as well as western Greece, Romania, western Ukraine, southern Poland, southeastern German-speaking areas, and parts of southeastern France.[citation needed] "Noric" subtype[edit] The Noric race
Noric race
(German: Norische Rasse) was a racial category proposed by the anthropologist Victor Lebzelter. The "Noric race" was supposed to be a lighter[vague] sub-type of the Dinaric race.[4] The term derived from Noricum, a province of the Roman Empire
Roman Empire
roughly equivalent to southern Austria. The term is not to be confused with Nordic. Norics were characterized by tall stature, brachycephaly, nasal convexity, long face and broad forehead. Their complexion was said to be light, and blondness combined with light eyes to be their anthropologic characteristic.[5] References[edit]

^ Anne Maxwell (2010). Picture Imperfect: Photography and Eugenics, 1870-1940. Sussex Academic Press. ISBN 978-1-84519-415-4.  ^ Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban (2006). Race and Racism: An Introduction. Rowman Altamira. pp. 132–. ISBN 978-0-7591-0795-3.  ^ Coon 1939. ^ Renato Biasutti
Renato Biasutti
on Caucasoid Subraces Archived May 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Lynn, R. Personality and National Character: International Series of Monographs in Experimental Psychology. Elsevier. p. 162. ISBN 9781483186771. 


Coon, Carleton Stevens (1939). The Races of Europe. 

External links[edit]

Examples of Dinarics (plates 35-43) from Coon's The Races of Europe Renato Biasutti
Renato Biasutti
on Caucasoid Subraces preserved at the Internet Archive

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