Let's note that in the Pyrenees, when approaching Val d'Aran (a Gascon-speaking valley in the province of Lleida), toponymy exhibits a Basque (or Iberian ?) flavour : Esterri, Unarre, Tavascan, Lladorre, ...
- Sample :
- Brief anthropological analysis :
- Type 1 : Dark, leptomorphic, long and triangular head, long and straight nose, close-set eyes, full eyebrows, pointy chin and large jaw
This is the basic Catalan type and is quite representative of the Eastern Pyrenees and the Mediterranean coast (on both sides of the border). When "dinaricized" and lighter, it gets more typical from Central Pyrenees, what some anthropologists would label as "Baskid" tendencies. Very dark dinaromorphic individuals that are prevailing in French Catalonia are surprisingly absent.
- Type 2 : Intermediate complexion, brachymorphic, large face, square-box head head, little and straight nose, rather distanced eyes, little eyelids, large jaw
This type somehow sets Lérida apart from Central Pyrenean countries and links it with the coast. A typical Catalan variant noted for its convex nose was already identified in French Catalonia : it strikingly illustrates the West/East divide in the Pyrenees.
- Final morphotypes :