Australoid (race)

group of populations indigenous to Maritime Southeast Asia and Oceania.

The Australoid race is a racial classification used to refer to aboriginal people of Australia, Melanesia, as well as parts of Southeast Asia.[1]

Historical anthropologist suggested some Australoid tribes in India[2], but new studies show that there is no Australoid ancestry in India.[3]

In the Out of Africa theory, the ancestors of the Australoids, the Proto-Australoids, are thought to have been the first branch off to migrate from Africa about 60,000 years ago.[4] Hypothetically, this migration might have taken place along the now submerged land bridge in the continental shelf of the northern shore of the Indian Ocean, reaching Australia about 50,000 years ago. However, this idea has been contested.


  1. Huxley T.H. 1870. On the geographical distribution of the chief modifications of mankind. Journal of the Ethnological Society of London/
  2. Fluehr-Lobban, Carolyn (2006). Race and Racism: An Introduction. Rowman Altamira. ISBN 9780759107953.
  3. Rathee, Suresh Kanta; Pathmanathan, Gayathiri; Bulbeck, David; Raghavan, Pathmanathan (2013). "Indian Craniometric Variability and Affinities". International Journal of Evolutionary Biology. PMID 24455409. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  4. P. Skoglund & D. Reich 2016. A genomic view of the peopling of the Americas. Curr Opin Genet Dev. 41: 27–35, doi: 10.1016/j.gde.2016.06.016.