|MadSci Network: Evolution|
Timothy: For hundreds of years there has been debate over the number of human subspecies (races). However, modern biological sciences overwhelmingly do not recognize biological races or subspecies in reference to humans. In fact, there are more disparities between individuals within a so-called race than between so-called races. Now, there are what we can call folk races. For example, in the United States one is considered to be black if there is any trace of black ancestry (even say if it is one-sixteenth and the skin is not brown). On the other hand, in Brazil, individuals can change 'folk races' during life and often brothers and sisters are considered different races. I suggest you look further into this by reading the book 'The Mismeasure of Man' by Harvard Professor Stephen Jay Gould. David S. Smerken, Ph.D.
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