The global human

By Razib Khan | October 28, 2010 10:55 am

Paul Conroy sent me a link to a Dutch article which purports to illustrate what the average human male’s face looks like. From what I can gather this is a weighted average by population. Click through and tell me what you think. Seems plausible enough to me.

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  • Ian

    Well, let’s see…I’d guess that the average person would have one parent who’s half East Asian and half South Asian (with Indonesian genes just kinda splitting the difference) and another parent who’s mixed European-African-Amerindian. I probably know a few people like that. And my gut reaction would be that they’d have a slightly broader, flatter nose than that. But otherwise, yeah, looks reasonable. Kinda like one of my cousins (though, oddly, the Indian-Venezuelan one, not the Indian-Chinese-African-European-Carib one).

  • pconroy

    Yeah, I though it was interesting – looks Northern Indian or Pakistani to me…

  • onur

    I think he isn’t reminiscent of any ethnicity (he is too hybridized), at least from the pre-1492 world.

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  • onur

    It would be fine if they analyzed and took the average of the genomes of the participants and compared it with the participants’ genomes and faces and with the average face and determined the correlations.

  • ed

    Well, let’s see…I’d guess that the average person would have one parent who’s half East Asian and half South Asian (with Indonesian genes just kinda splitting the difference) and another parent who’s mixed European-African-Amerindian.

    Tiger Woods.

  • Antonio

    The main question is how the weighting was done: was it done by people, country, or ethnic group or what? According to my stereotypes this person is too European to be the average….

  • http://www.eurasian-sensation.blogspot.com Eurasian Sensation

    I agree with Antonio, I’m kinda surprised how European this guy looks. I saw him on the street and had to pick an origin, I would think him to be of mixed European and East Asian background.
    Strange that there seems to be virtually no discernable African-ness in him. But I guess there’s just not that many black Africans when compared to all those Asians.

  • http://www.lucasbrouwers.nl lucas

    In response to Antonio, the article says the weighting was done by country population.

  • Shade

    Agreed, european.
    Maybe some of the stans (pakistan etc).
    I have seen half and more diluted east asians, and they CAN look like this, but seems more middle east to me.

  • onur

    I saw him on the street and had to pick an origin, I would think him to be of mixed European and East Asian background.
    Strange that there seems to be virtually no discernable African-ness in him.

    No, it is obvious from his look that he has Negroid admixture.

  • Doug1

    Looks Northern Indian to me too.

  • onur

    Looks Northern Indian to me too.

    No Northern Indian (except some significantly Negroid African-admixed Makranis?) has such obvious Negroid features. Also Northern Indians (except the significantly Mongoloid-admixed ones in fringe regions) usually look more Caucasoid than that.

  • Matt

    The following for reference is a composite itself from four composite of Northwest European, South & West Asian, East Asian and African faces, made with http://faceresearch.org/demos/transform:

    http://es.tinypic.com/view.php?pic=o5q2km&s=7

  • https://www.eurasian-sensation.blogspot.com Eurasian Sensation

    @ Onur:
    what are these “obvious Negroid features” you speak of?

  • onur

    what are these “obvious Negroid features” you speak of?

    Hard to describe. He is basically a more Caucasoidized version of Tiger Woods.

  • onur

    but seems more middle east to me

    His obvious Mongoloid features pull him away from even the the Middle East. The average Middle Eastern is much less Negroid-looking than him (most Middle Easterners, even when we do not include more European-looking populations like Turks, Armenians, Azeris and Kurds in the Middle East, have very little or no Negroid admixture), but in some southern regions of the Middle East like southern Arabia and especially Yemen you can find more Negroid-looking people than him.

  • onur

    Typo correction for “The average Middle Eastern is much less Negroid-looking than him” in comment #17: The average Middle Easterner is much less Negroid-looking than him

  • onur

    Correction: His obvious Mongoloid features pull him away from even the the Middle East.

    “even” and one of the “the”s are redundant here

  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp Razib Khan

    when it comes to gestalt assessments you shouldn’t definitively assert that your own perception refutes the subjective perspectives of others.

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  • http://abugblog.blogspot.com Blackbird

    Looks too European to me, Germanic to be precise… wait, doesn’t it look a bit like Mr. Spock, who was in fact a hybrid humanoid…

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