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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

What is race?


When attempting to describe biological "race" we need to include the concepts of phenotype, cline and our vast family tree roots.

phenotypethe set of characteristics of a living thing, resulting from its combination of genes and the effect of its environment

cline: a series of similar items in which each is almost the same as the ones next to it, but the last is very different from the first

family tree roots: We each have over a million ancestors counting back only 20 generations. As the roots expand they cover a larger geographic area.

Many anthropologists don't believe in the controversial concept of biological "race", rather they understand the facts of biological phenotypes and clines.