UPSC General Studies Sample Paper General Studies Sample Paper-8

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    Consider the following statements about Caucasian race.
    1. A little or no prognathism exhibited.
    2. Retreating zygomatic bones (cheekbones).
    3. Skin colour ranges greatly from pale, reddish-white to dark brown tones.
    Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

    A)  Only 1             

    B)  1 and 2

    C)  Only 3             

    D)  All of these

    Correct Answer: D

    Solution :

    [d] The term Caucasian race (also Caucasoid) has been used to denote the general physical type of some or all of the populations of Europe, North Africa, the Horn of Africa, Westerr Asia (the middle East), parts of Central Asia and most parts of South Asia. The physical traits of Caucasoid crania are recognised as distinct (in contrast to Mongoloid and Negroic races) within modern forensic anthropology. A Caucasoid skull is identified, with an accuracy of upto 95% by the following features Little or no prognathism exhibited?an orthognathic profile with minimal protrusion of the lower face. Retreating zygomatic bones (cheekbones), making the face look more 'pointed'. Narrow nasal aperture, with a tear-shaped nasal cavity. Other physical characteristics of Caucasoids include hair texture that varies from straight to curly, with wavy (cymotrichous) hair most typical on average according to Coon (1962), in contrast to the Negroid and Mongoloid races. Individual hairs are also rarely as sparsely distributed and coarse as found Mongoloids. Skin colour amongst Caucasoids ranges greatly from pale, reddish-white to dark brown tones.

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