Acta Anthropologica Sinica ›› 2022, Vol. 41 ›› Issue (04): 698-711.doi: 10.16359/j.1000-3193/AAS.2022.0020

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Physical types and ethnological characteristics of Tibetans

LI Yonglan1,3,4(), YU Keli2, ZHANG Xinghua2, BAO Jinping5, LI Chong2, ZHENG Lianbin2()   

  1. 1. College of Life Science and Technology, Inner Mongolia Normal University, Hohhot 010022
    2. Tianjin Key Laboratory of Conservation and Utilization of Animal Diversity, College of Life Sciences, Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin 300387
    3. College of Ethnology and Anthropology, Inner Mongolia Normal University, Hohhot 010022
    4. Key Laboratory of Biodiversity conservation and Sustainable utilization for College and University of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Hohhot 010022
    5. College of physical education, Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin 300387
  • Received:2021-11-01 Revised:2021-12-29 Online:2022-08-12 Published:2022-08-10
  • Contact: ZHENG Lianbin;


The physique types and ethnological characteristics of Tibetans have always been concerned by academia. According to the statistics of 1530 cases of Weizang Tibetan, Kham Tibetan and Amdo Tibetan measured in 2018, 2019 and 2021, it was found that Tibetan men and women were all super-medium stature, overweight, and all brachycephaly, hypsicephalic, metriocephalic, mesorrhiny, middle trunk, wide chest, wide shoulders, wide pelvis, mesatiskelic, most of them have eyefold of upper eyelid and mongoloid fold. Analysis of the average principal component of 15 Chinese ethnic measurement indicators shows that the location between Tibetans and Han ethnic group of the East Asian is closer than most of North Asian ethnic groups, and the location of Tibetans is closer to most South Asian ethnic groups. The main component analysis chart of East Asian, South Asian, North Asian and Arctic type data in Tibetan data and foreign data shows that Tibetans are the closest to East Asian-type. Research has confirmed that contemporary Tibetans have the characteristics of Mongolian East Asian-type constitution.

Key words: Tibetan, physique, enthnology, Mogolian

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