Acta Anthropologica Sinica ›› 2021, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (05): 801-810.doi: 10.16359/j.cnki.cn11-1963/q.2020.0049

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A study of physical characteristics of the Sherpas

YU Keli1(), XIANG Xiaoxue1, LI Yonglan2, ZHANG Hongming1, DU Huimin1   

  1. 1. College of Life Sciences, Tianjin Key Laboratory of Animal and Plant Resistance, Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin 300387
    2. College of Life Science and Technology, Inner Mongolia Normal University, Hohhot 010022
  • Received:2019-07-01 Revised:2020-01-07 Online:2021-10-15 Published:2020-11-02


In 2016, we measured the head and face and body indicators in 182 Sherpas (98 males; 84 females) in Tibet. Excel 2010 and SPSS 21.0 were used to analysis the data. Results show that the average of the head and face indicators in Sherpas adults belongs to brachycephaly, hypsicephalic type, tapeinocephalic type, and mesorrhiny. The average of the physical indicators in Sherpas adults belongs to middle trunk, medium shoulder breadth, narrow distance between iliac crests and the sub-medium height, and the male is the submakroskelic type, the female is the mesatiskelic type. Compared with other ethnic groups, the physical characteristics of the Sherpas are closest to those of the Monba, followed by the Lhoba, and belong to the Zang-Yi corridor category. At present, the research on physical characteristics of the Sherpas in China is still in its infancy. This study has enriched the database of national physique data and provided some data support for studying the ethnic origin of the Sherpas.

Key words: Anthropometry, Sherpas, Physical characteristics, Craniofacial characteristics

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