There are a couple of distinctive genetic strains that are behind this and they have distinctive types of skulls. The basic population was identified by Carleton Coon as deriving from a very old mixture of CroMagnon and Neanderthal remnants at the end of the Ice Age, and he called the modern ones "Upper Paleolithic Survivals"
This large-bodied type and the distiunctively roundheaded, distinctively very tall Dinaric types from Europe seem to have fed into what became the Beaker Folk in Europe (Associated with Stonehenge and other such sites) and the Adenas in North America (Below is a reconstruction of an Adena man, typically 7 feet tall or more according to the older reference books)
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