Race? Debunking a Scientific Myth - Book
Race? Debunking a Scientific Myth - Book
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Race has provided the rationale and excuse for some of the worst atrocities in
human history. Yet, according to many biologists, physical anthropologists, and
geneticists, there is no valid scientific justification for the concept of

To be more precise, although there is clearly some physical basis for the
variations that underlie perceptions of race, clear boundaries among “races”
remain highly elusive from a purely biological standpoint. Differences among
human populations that people intuitively view as “racial” are not only
superficial but are also of astonishingly recent origin.

In this intriguing and highly accessible book, physical anthropologist Ian
Tattersall and geneticist Rob DeSalle, both senior scholars from the American
Museum of Natural History, explain what human races actually are—and are
not—and place them within the wider perspective of natural diversity. They
explain that the relative isolation of local populations of the newly evolved
human species during the last Ice Age—when Homo sapiens was spreading across
the world from an African point of origin—has now begun to reverse itself, as
differentiated human populations come back into contact and interbreed. Indeed,
the authors suggest that all of the variety seen outside of Africa seems to have
both accumulated and started reintegrating within only the last 50,000 or 60,000
years—the blink of an eye, from an evolutionary perspective.
The overarching message of Race? Debunking a Scientific Myth is that
scientifically speaking, there is nothing special about racial variation within
the human species. These distinctions result from the working of entirely
mundane evolutionary processes, such as those encountered in other organisms.

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