Principal‐components analysis of prehistoric South Asian crania

Kenneth A.R. Kennedy, John Chiment, Todd Disotell, David Meyers

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    Principal‐components analysis is used as an investigative procedure for establishing temporal, spatial and evolutionary‐developmental changes in Homo sapiens skeletal specimens from prehistoric sites in South Asia. It is concluded that cranial variables which cluster hunter‐gatherers within the sample are related to facial architecture with respect to robusticity and size. Older models presumably reflecting genetic affinities and racial classifications of prehistoric South Asians which were based upon univariatebivariate statistical analyses are not supported by the results of this principal‐components analysis.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)105-118
    Number of pages14
    JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Anthropology
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Jun 1984


    • Agriculturalists
    • Hunter‐gatherers
    • Prehistoric crania
    • Principal‐components analysis
    • South Asia

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Anatomy
    • Anthropology


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