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    Guess the nationality of this actor!

    I'm afraid this actor might be well known, especially to certain members here. :/ But if you don't know him, feel free to take a jab! I think he's common on anthropological forums too, but it would be fun seeing opinions here (+ I personally think Eupedians are more open-minded). :) Feel free to classify him too.
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    You're safe...I don't know him! :)

    I'd guess British Isles descent...if not, maybe Norway or somewhere around there?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela View Post
    You're safe...I don't know him! :)

    I'd guess British Isles descent...if not, maybe Norway or somewhere around there?
    I was expecting answers like this, but he actually isn't from either place :) or anywhere around there.

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    Then perhaps Italy or the Balkans. We do have people who look like him. There's nothing to my eyes Baltic about him, or at all Iberian for that matter.

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    Oo, he isn't from either place, but Balkans is closest to where he's actually from!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kisuan View Post
    Oo, he isn't from either place, but Balkans is closest to where he's actually from!
    A very atypical looking Turk then? There were those Galatians...
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galatia

    I suppose he could be a throw back of some sort.

    Sorry, maybe I'm not giving other people a chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela View Post
    A very atypical looking Turk then? There were those Galatians...
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galatia

    I suppose he could be a throw back of some sort.

    Sorry, maybe I'm not giving other people a chance.
    Bravo, Angela, he is indeed Turkish. Quite a popular actor in Turkey too I believe.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C4%B...%C4%B1tu%C4%9F
    According to wiki, both of his parents don't come from the region historically inhabited by the Galatians, but his mother is very close to the border of Balkan countries in Thrace.
    Totally fine if it's just a few people playing, these are mostly just for fun and to see the diversity in humankind I suppose.

    He probably is atypical, but I think there indeed is a sizable minority of people in Turkey and other neighboring countries who could belong to a type similar to his.

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    Well, hardly bravo material as it was my third choice!

    Just personal trivia...my hairdresser is originally from Istanbul...great guy. He looks totally Balkan to me, that Dinaric skull and everything, sort of sandy beige in pigmentation, and his wife could pass as Slovenian. Both of their families were settled for a long time in the Balkans, however, and came back to Turkey at the time of the great re-settlements in the modern era.

    People don't always fit the stereotypes.

    In term of Italians I was thinking of men like Raffaele Casuccio, although he's not an exact match now that I looked at his pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela View Post
    Well, hardly bravo material as it was my third choice!

    Just personal trivia...my hairdresser is originally from Istanbul...great guy. He looks totally Balkan to me, that Dinaric skull and everything, sort of sandy beige in pigmentation, and his wife could pass as Slovenian. Both of their families were settled for a long time in the Balkans, however, and came back to Turkey at the time of the great re-settlements in the modern era.

    People don't always fit the stereotypes.

    In term of Italians I was thinking of men like Raffaele Casuccio, although he's not an exact match now that I looked at his pictures.
    Interesting, I could see some resemblance in the face shape I think.

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    I suppose this look isn't very rare throughout the Mediterranean and other parts of Southern Europe?

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    2 members found this post helpful.
    If you're talking about pigmentation, from my experience, this map of Italy is pretty accurate.



    All of my ancestry comes from the area from LaSpezia in Liguria north, encompassing the orange and yellow areas.

    This is a medieval fair in one of our villages. The two boys on either end are of local ancestry, but the middle boy is not. The boy on the left as you look at the picture looks just like my cousin Anthony as a child although my cousin's hair was really carroty in shade. :)



    This is a famous partisan from my area:

    Partigiana-Norma Parenti.jpg

    This is an Italian skier from a town in my father's area.

    Giuliano_Razzoli_Schladming_2010-300x224-Parmigiano Reggiano.jpg

    A partisan from an area near my father's, and a famous post war Italian politician. She reminds me of my father's mother.

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    This is a folk group from the quattro-province from an area northwest of my father's. They sing all the same songs. My brother, who takes after my father's family more than I do looks a lot like the lead singer, except he has reddish brown coloring like the singer with a beard.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkBYn-AYULU

    Much older...still singing Bella Ciao with passion.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOyY77xd3l4

    So, I wouldn't say it's rare at all in Italy as a whole.

    Not everybody in those areas is fair, of course; I'm just saying it exists in a decent percentage. A lot of our songs are about a biondo or bionda. :) One can also find them occasionally in southern areas. My husband's maternal grandmother was from around Benevento in Campania, and she was blonde and blue eyed, as is his sister, and his paternal grandfather from Calabria had light brown hair and green eyes, and was 6'3. He got his "Mediterranean" coloring from his other two grandparents.

    Ed. the map figures are based on military conscripts so they're really only for men. Women are fairer so the over all percentages are probably a bit higher.
    Last edited by Angela; 14-06-16 at 23:43.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela View Post
    If you're talking about pigmentation, from my experience, this map of Italy is pretty accurate.



    All of my ancestry comes from the area from LaSpezia in Liguria north, encompassing the orange and yellow areas.

    This is a medieval fair in one of our villages. The two boys on either end are of local ancestry, but the middle boy is not. The boy on the left as you look at the picture looks just like my cousin Anthony as a child although my cousin's hair was really carroty in shade. :)



    This is a famous partisan from my area:

    Partigiana-Norma Parenti.jpg

    This is an Italian skier from a town in my father's area.

    Giuliano_Razzoli_Schladming_2010-300x224-Parmigiano Reggiano.jpg

    A partisan from an area near my father's, and a famous post war Italian politician. She reminds me of my father's mother.

    NL.jpg

    This is a folk group from the quattro-province from an area northwest of my father's. They sing all the same songs. My brother, who takes after my father's family more than I do looks a lot like the lead singer, except he has reddish brown coloring like the singer with a beard.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkBYn-AYULU

    So, I wouldn't say it's rare at all in Italy as a whole.

    Not everybody in those areas is fair, of course; I'm just saying it exists in a decent percentage. A lot of our songs are about a biondo or bionda. :) One can also find them occasionally in southern areas. My husband's maternal grandmother was from around Benevento in Campania, and she was blonde and blue eyed, as is his sister, and his paternal grandfather from Calabria had light brown hair and green eyes, and was 6'3. He got his "Mediterranean" coloring from his other two grandparents.

    Ed. the map figures are based on military conscripts so they're really only for men. Women are fairer so the over all percentages are probably a bit higher.
    Great info Angela! The map fits well with my own amateur presumptions. I notice Corsica is included as well. Forgive me, I can't quite remember, but do most of Corsica's modern population trace their ancestry to the Italian peninsula? I know historically most of the population do tends towards Italy (including the one and only Napoleon). Do you reckon most of genetics behind these phenotypes result from settlement of people during the migration period (i.e. Goths, Lombards, and whatever else) or maybe the previous Celts or whatever else (or perhaps it's foolish trying to link anything to a specific group of people)? I get some Swiss (even though some of the population are obviously historic Italians), Austrian and German vibes from those photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela View Post
    If you're talking about pigmentation, from my experience, this map of Italy is pretty accurate.
    It includes males only but it shows a pattern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pax Augusta View Post
    It includes males only but it shows a pattern.
    Yes, I agree with that. I just think it would be higher across the board but probably the same pattern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kisuan View Post
    Great info Angela! The map fits well with my own amateur presumptions. I notice Corsica is included as well. Forgive me, I can't quite remember, but do most of Corsica's modern population trace their ancestry to the Italian peninsula? I know historically most of the population do tends towards Italy (including the one and only Napoleon). Do you reckon most of genetics behind these phenotypes result from settlement of people during the migration period (i.e. Goths, Lombards, and whatever else) or maybe the previous Celts or whatever else (or perhaps it's foolish trying to link anything to a specific group of people)? I get some Swiss (even though some of the population are obviously historic Italians), Austrian and German vibes from those photos.
    I think there's a bit of a NW Euro vibe in some as well. Take a look at the video. I'm no fan of the recent Hellenthal paper on recent admixture in Europe, but they model one of the "parental" populations as "Welsh like" for parts of North and north central Italy. There are documented migrations of "Gallic" peoples into my own area, so much so that they became known as the "Celt-Ligurians". Who, indeed, were the Ligurians? Were they people from an early Indo-European migration?

    Years ago, Dienekes posited that the Italian genetic "signature" was formed on a Neolithic pan Italian base with subsequent population movements from central and north western Europe (Gaul) generally entering through the North, and movements from the south east entering through the south. It's more complicated than that, but as a general proposition I think he was right. So, Italics/Ligures, Gauls, later some Lombards, particularly in the north east and north central, generally from the north and perhaps Cretans, Aegeans of one sort or another, Classical Era Greeks, from the southeast? Then there would be some other minor additions? I don't know. We really need some ancient dna. I just wish the Reich Lab was doing the analysis instead of the group supposedly working on some ancient Italian genomes.

    As to Corsica, there's been a lot of movement of people from mainland Italy into Corsica, primarily from Liguria and Toscana. I even think Corsican is classified as a type of Tuscan dialect. It's not all that easy for me to understand it, but that's more because of pronunciation. If I see it written I do better with it.

    The base population probably had some relationship with Sardinian populations. At one point the islands were joined, and were separated from the mainland by a few miles of low water. There is a lot of documented historical migration as well, of course.

    As to Napoleon, his maternal ancestors were from Liguria and his paternal ones from Toscana.

    He has a very familiar face indeed:





    His brother Louis:


    How funny; I just noticed the cleft chin appears in them. :)

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