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Mechta-Afalou (Mechtoid) are an extinct population of North Africa. They inhabited the region during the late Paleolithic and Mesolithic, and are associated with the Iberomaurusian archaeological culture.

Mechtoids are believed to have been assimilated during the Neolithic and early Bronze Age by the makers of the ensuing Capsian culture.[1] Craniometric analysis indicates that these Iberomaurusians were closely related to the early Holocene Capsians of the Maghreb, as well as the early Holocene Kiffians of the Sahara.[2]

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  1. ^ P. Sheppard & D. Lubell (1991). "Early Holocene Maghreb prehistory: an evolutionary approach" (PDF). Sahara. 3: 63–9. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  2. ^ Sereno PC, Garcea EAA, Jousse H, Stojanowski CM, Saliège J-F, Maga A, et al. (2008). "Lakeside Cemeteries in the Sahara: 5000 Years of Holocene Population and Environmental Change" (PDF). PLoS ONE. 3 (8): e2995. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002995. PMC 2515196Freely accessible. PMID 18701936. Retrieved 3 August 2016. 


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