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0543 Innermost Asia : vol.2
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Hair-growth.—Three categories : abundant, medium, and scanty. The most striking feature of this table is that, for once, the Tajik and Kirghiz appear as the extremes ; the Tajik showing ioo per cent. of individuals with ` abundant ' hair-development, and the Kirghiz 78 per cent. with ` scanty '. Omitting the Özbeg, and regarding the ` scanty ' end of the scale, the Kirghiz are followed by the Biloch, Sistani, and Sayad, with percentages of 29, 22, and i8 respectively. These three peoples also, apart from the Kirghiz, show by far the lowest percentages in the abundant' class, and their unity as a group is thus maintained.

The other groups straddle one another, their order in terms of ` scanty ', ` medium ', and ` abundant ' being as

follows :

Roshani Shughnani Darwazi Yazgulami Karategin Wanji Wakhi Ishkashmi


Per cent. i6

.   15

.   8

.   5

.   4


.   3

Wakhi Karategin IshkashmiWanji RoshaniShughnani Darwazi Yazgulami


Per cent.

.   21

.   a 5

.} 9

.} 7

.   4

.   o


Yazgulami Darwazi Ishkashmi Wanji

Karategin Roshani Shughnani Wakhi

Per cent.

  • 95


.   87

.   81


  • 75

These figures are not very easy to assess ; but I think they show that, on the whole, the hair-development of the Karategin-Darwazi-Wanji-Yazgulami group is superior to that of the Pamir group. At least they prove that, whereas the Darwazi group (for short) stood between the Pamir group and the Sistani group (for short) in the question of pigmentation, yet in hair-development the Darwazi group are closely connected with the Pamir group and take a position more remote from the Sistani group than the latter. Hair-development tends to be a very persistent character, and is, therefore, highly significant. The inference, therefore, is that the pigmentation of the Darwazi group is not due to any affinity with the Sistani group, but, as the measurements indicate, to contact with the Özbeg, who, in spite of the small number observed, appear to be predominantly dark-eyed and dark-haired.

NOTE.—The original cards on which individual measurements were recorded have been deposited in the library of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland.

N.B.—In the subjoined tables the indices are symbolized as follows :

M. = mean.

v = standard deviation.

C. = coefficient of variability.

E.M. = probable error of M. Ear = probable error of a.. E.C. = probable error of C.

(For detailed explanation, see bourn. Roy. Anth. Inst., xlii. p. 451.)