Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Negrito Hypothesis

Older proposal based on the idea that the worldwide distribution of pygmoid peoples is explained by an ancient pan-equatorial Old World distribution; that portions of Africa, India, southeast Asia, and Australasia were once inhabited by Negritos, and that these populations were subsequently marginalized by invading populations of taller humans. In this view, surviving populations subsist in refuge areas; the Andamanese peoples of southeast Asia have been a focus of research concerning this hypothesis.

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