International Journal of Anthropology

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 81–87 | Cite as

Nonmetric cranial variation and biological distances between samples of six nontribal populations of India

  • R. K. Pathak
  • S. S. Kaul


Sixty-nine nonmetrical morphological variants of the cranium have been studied in six samples of non-tribal, state populations in India, and their incidence reported. Using C.A.B. Smith’s angular transformation of frequencies, the multivariate Thetasquare distances and their respective standard deviations have been presented. On the basis of nonmetrical cranial variation, it is clear that the samples from Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar are closer to each other but distant from Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra. On the other hand, Karnataka and Maharashtra samples are quite close to each other and both, in turn, are comparatively closer to Madhya Pradesh than to Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar. Madhya Pradesh sample emerges as the most divergent group among the six population samples studied. This, in general, is in conformity with the picture that emerges from various analysis of morphometric and other biological data on various populations of India.

Key words

nonmetric cranial traits population distance India 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. K. Pathak
    • 1
  • S. S. Kaul
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyNorth-Eastern Hill UniversityShillongIndia
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyPanjab UniversityChandigarhIndia

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