Principal-components analysis of prehistoric South Asian crania

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Principal-components analysis is used as an investigative procedure for establishing temporal, spatial and evolutionary-developmental changes in Homo sapiens skeletal specimens from prehistoric sites in South Asia. It is concluded that cranial variables which cluster hunter-gatherers within the sample are related to facial architecture with respect to robusticity and size. Older models presumably reflecting genetic affinities and racial classifications of prehistoric South Asians which were based upon univariatebivariate statistical analyses are not supported by the results of this principal-components analysis.

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