Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Morphological Type

1. descriptive and abstract grouping of individuals or artifacts where the focus is on overall similarity rather than specific form or function.

2. in humans, one of usually three classes of individuals grouped on the basis of physique; these have been called the slender type, the medium type and the broad type. Identified or created by the classical somatologists or biotypologists, such categorical classifications have given way to recent hypotheses that appreciate more fully the continuous nature of human variation.

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