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Of or being a human racial classification traditionally distinguished by physical characteristics such as dark skin and dark curly hair, and including the Aboriginal peoples of Australia along with various peoples of Southeast Asia, especially Melanesia and the Malay Archipelago. No longer in scientific use. See Usage Note at Negroid.

Aus′tra·loid′ n.
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(Peoples) denoting, relating to, or belonging to a supposed racial group that includes the native Australians and certain other peoples of southern Asia and the Pacific islands.
(Peoples) any member of this racial group
Usage: The word Australoid and other words ending in -oid and relating to racial groups, such as Mongoloid, are controversial scientifically and best avoided. If you need to mention the ethnicity of indigenous peoples from this region it is preferable to use a specific name, or a widely accepted term such as indigenous Australians or Aboriginal peoples
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(ˈɔ strəˌlɔɪd)

also Aus•tra•li•oid

(ɔˈstreɪ liˌɔɪd)

1. a member of a grouping of peoples consisting principally of the Australian Aborigines but sometimes including Papuans, Melanesians, various small-statured peoples, as Negritos, of the Philippines, Malay Peninsula, and Andaman Islands, and some of the tribes of India.
2. pertaining to or resembling the Australoids.
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Ans: Bangladesh is gifted with a rich culture that has evolved over several centuries and has its roots that date back to Australoid and Dravidian period.
The Bhil, Gonds, Mundas, Santhals and Oraons are Scheduled tribes living in the eastern and central regions of India and are believed to belong to the Australoid race.
The indigenous stratum supposedly consisted of foragers of "Australoid" or "proto-Australoid" racial affinity, with the "Veddoids" (represented by the Veddas) sometimes recognised as a distinct component.
In the cycle of circles and transmigrating arcs Apache, Iroquois, Shoshone, and Cayenne Touched back to the Australoid face of their fathers.
none of the others are in the race however Chocolate Pyramid's performing magnificently she's approaching the second set of markers now HOTTENTOT, TWA, KOI KOI, AFRICIOD, AUSTRALOID into KEMET/Ancient Egypt, SUMER, SHANG, DRAVIDIAN, OLMEC Chocolate Pyramid's coming off the back turn she looks like an easy winner in this one folks ...
In addition to these structural features, there is some lexical evidence for a maritime population in the Sulu Sea-eastern Indonesia area, a population that Mahdi (1994a) refers to as 'Australoid' Austronesians that acted as a substrate to, and preceded, the 'main' Austronesian dispersal.
This historical process is the famed Hindu synthesis of three main stratums, the Aryan, the Indus Valley Civilisation and the indigenous population, whose origins have been traced to Australoid tribes.
When the Malayic speakers moved into the Malay Peninsula, they came into contact with the ancestors of the Orang Asli (indigenous people) who descended from two major races: the Australoid and the Southern Mongoloid.
The first was of Australoid people who spread from New Guinea to New Britain and the Solomons (northwestern Melanesia) approximately 30,000 years before present, apparently by walking across the low sea level land bridges and crossing the shorter oceanic distances.
One could think, as Johnston did, of four major races comprising humanity - Australoid, Caucasian, Negro, and Mongolic, in Johnston's terms.
Coon, a well-known University of Pennsylvania anthropologist, published The Origin of Races, in which he argued that what he classified as the five major racial groups (Australoid, Mongoloid, Caucasoid, Capoid, and Congoid) are actually separate "subspecies," each occupying "its own level on the evolutionary scale." His project was funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation (the anthropology profession's principal source for research support), the National Science Foundation, and the U.S.
The Polynesians as a race originate from Austronesian groups which spread into insular southeast Asia from the mainland, more than four thousand years ago, and expanded into western Oceania, bringing with them their Austronesian language and mixing with the indigenous Australoid populations.