Kavya asked in Social ScienceAnthropology · 2 months ago

Are the Turkic people of Central Asia, Caucasian or Mongoloid?

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    There's a lot of historical accounts that describe the turkic people's appearance. For example, Arab historians have described khazars as having blue eyes and red hair. Others have described khazars as being white with black hair and some as being swarthy in appearance. We know whites occupied central Asia in the past. We also know that mongoloid people migrated westward. The turkic people were likely a multiracial group of people with the Caucasian ones dominating the areas around the middle East like khazaria and the ottoman empire and the mongoloid ones dominating the areas around China. Today, the farther east you go, the more mongoloid the turkic people are whereas the farther west you go (like Turkey) the more caucasoid they are. 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Humans started migrating out of Africa about 60,000 years ago. Some of them went to East Asia along the coast. Many of these people, such as Melanesians, Australian aborigines and the negritos still look very much like Africans, with curly hair and dark skin. 

    Some of these people then migrated to China. Those who lived in northern China during the last ice age evolved some cold adaptations such as light skin, short arms and legs, tall and narrow noses, straight hair, thin lips and a rounded torso. When the ice age ended 13,000 years ago and when agriculture was invented 10,000 years ago, the northern Chinese experienced a population boom and many men migrated south, and they admixed with darker skin women in southern China and the rest of East Asia. That is why we see lots of people with light skin and straight hair in tropical Asia, even though these traits should not evolve in the tropics. East Asians are usually classified as Mongoloid as a result even though they are most closely related to Australian aborigines and Melanesians. 

    The Mongolians, although they were considered Mongoloid, are actually a different evolutionary branch than the Chinese. Mongolians are actually closely reated to Central Asians. The Central Asians left Africa about the same time as the Chinese, but they took a different route and settled in Central Asia instead of going east to East Asia. The Central Asians evolved straight hair also but their skin is not as light colored as northern Chinese. About 40,000 years ago, some Central Asians migrated again, this time to Europe. Some Central Asians also migrated east to Mongolia and from there many then migrated to North America at the end of the last ice age. Europeans and Mongolians therefore both evolved from Central Asians. Because of that the term Mongoloid is no longer useful, since it lumps people from 2 different evolutionary branches. 

    Since people migrate, the story gets more complicated because 24,000 years ago, the ice age reached a maximum, and northern Europe was covered by miles thick ice sheets. As a result many Europeans migrated to the Middle East, to Central Asia and in fact all the way to India. That is why these people share traits such as light skin, straight hair and tall and narrow noses, traits that make them Caucasians. Therefore the people of Central Asia are a mix of Europeans and the original Central Asians who had been there since they left Africa. Such admixing means many of them are part Europeans and many are Central Asians or they may have ancestors from both. In fact, everywhere scientists look, they do not find people that have ancestors from a single region, but usually their ancestors were from several different regions. For example, there are people in Ethiopia who have ancestors from southern Africa and also from Europe, even if they look African. 

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Those terms have been proven to be meaningless, some 70 years ago

    According to DNA, all humans alive are the same race

  • 2 months ago

    Many vastly differing ethnic groups have throughout history become part of the Turkic peoples through language shift, acculturation, intermixing, adoption and religious conversion.

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