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Ati woman (Philippines).

Negritos (Spanish: "little black persons") are several ethnic groups who inhabit isolated parts of Southeast Asia.[1] Their current populations include Andamanese peoples of the Andaman Islands, Semang peoples of Malaysia, the Mani of Thailand, and over 30 other peoples of the Philippines.

The Negrito peoples show some physical similarities with the African pygmies, including short stature and dark skin, but are genetically closer to other Southeast Asian populations.

Their ancestry/ancestries have been extensively debated, may vary for different Negrito groups, and may to varying degrees include some Australoid ancestry.

Their short stature may be related to insular dwarfism, the tendency to reduction in size of large animals over a number of generations when their population's range is limited to a small environment, primarily islands. See also Homo floresiensis.


  1. Snow, Philip. The Star Raft: China's Encounter With Africa. Cornell Univ. Press, 1989 (ISBN 0801495830)
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