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reply to post by halfoldman
The Luzia fossil skull from Brazil (with a recreation of what she may have looked like):
Unfortunately the lower part of the skull is missing, but the brow-ridges are clearly visible, although she was a young woman of at most 20.
Incidentally, the skull is not an anomaly from the site, and they found several more.
While it's clear that they are not mongoloid (American Indian) the disputes are about whether they were more African, or rather more connected to the aborigines and black peoples of the Pacific.
However, I did address that chicken and egg scenario in the previous post, and they could have been a single migration that moved out of Africa along the Asian coast, with some going south, others north, and still others east - into the Americas.
Of course, skulls also don't prove skin tones, and there's no proof they were "black" and couldn't have had gradual local adaptions over time.
I was surprised to see that the Zana/Khwit skulls were similarly described as being of an "Australoid type"!
What is clear from the Luzia skull is also a low brain-case (not always typical of modern Austronesian types), and although photos of such skulls are rare and sketchy, there might be similarities between Zana and Luzia and her people.
That would be astounding, but not inexplicable.
While the skulls are often described as "robust", that is a relative term, and it could be applied to one modern type by another.
Khwit's robustness could be due to the people his mother mixed with.
Actually the grandchildren of Zana stood out more because of a swarthy appearance, and the lingering (if less pronounced than Zana's) brow ridges.
edit on 22-11-2013 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)