Scientists (biologists and anthropologists) have done a lot of research into race, and found no biological basis for it.
"Race" has a biological basis only
in that the common Western categories are supposedly based on physical features. But those physical features aren't distributed in anything resembling the supposed racial categories, and neither are any other forms of genetic diversity in humans. It's literally
There are no genetic groupings of humans that can be compared to breeds or subspecies. Genetic diversity is distributed rather "sloppily," and not in any consistent categories.
Then there's the part where genetic diversity within
the supposed racial categories is markedly greater than the few genetic differences (almost entirely in apperance) that are between those categories.
The only genetic evidence for dividing humans into biological categories is that non-Africans are (very slightly) part-Neanderthal. But Since Africans are far more genetically diverse than non-Africans, that doesn't make for reasonable way to divide the species. Not to mention that we have crossbreed constantly for millennia.
edited 15th Oct '12 1:57:43 PM by ArcadesSabboth
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