Northcaucasian race

Northcaucasian race

Northcaucasian race (also Caucasionic race) is a term which was used in scientific racism and physical anthropology as one of the sub-races of Caucasian race in the early 20th century.[1][2] The name has arisen from region North Caucasus.[3]

The Northcaucasian type is considered as a branch of the Balkans-Caucasian race and is similar with Alpine and Dinaric races.[4]

The phenotype is prevalent to the following ethnicities: Balkars, Karachays, Chechens and others.[5]

Characteristic signs

Central cluster

Caucasian Avars, Balkars, Bats people, Ossetians, Ingush people, Karachays, Chechen people

  • High growth (> 170 cm)
  • Hair coarse, straight, dark brown (often light-reddish-brown and light brown)
  • Eyes brown and green, are found as blue (unlike other groups)
  • Face is broad (14,6-14,8 cm) is low. Angular facial features. Cheeks broad, but subtle. The forehead is low.
  • Brachycephalic (cranial index - 84-85)

Dagestan cluster

Dargin people, Lak people, part of Avars

  • The growth-above average.
  • Hair coarse, straight, dark and light
  • Characteristic as dark eyes and bright
  • Mesocephalic (cranial index - 78-79), less brachycephalic (cranial index - 84-85)


  1. ^ Race and Racism: An Introduction (see also) by Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban, Pages 127-133, Publication Date: December 8, 2005, ISBN 0759107955
  2. ^ The Races of Europe by Carleton S. Coon
  3. ^ Dmitry Bogatenkov; Stanislav Drobyshev. "Anthropology and Ethnic History" (in Russian).  
  4. ^ Dmitry Bogatenkov; Stanislav Drobyshev. "Racial variety of Mankind,section 5.5.3" (in Russian).  
  5. ^ School Bakai - Ethnogenesis the North Caucasus indigenous population