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Unformatted text preview: 1 Lecture 10 outline 09/27/11 Defining the concept of human race Relevant definition in Merriam Webster’s College Dictionary: “... c. a division of mankind possessing traits that are transmissible by descent and sufficient to characterize it as a distinct human type” (p. 961) Popular notion of race: biology based human diversity. Race is “[A]n ethnic group assumed to have a biological basis.” (Kottak 2011:398) The notion of race in biology The term “race” in biological taxonomies: a large geographically isolated population within a species that has had little or no gene flow with other population for a long time. When such a population, or subspecies, stay in the isolated situation long enough, through the mechanism of natural selection, their genetic traits may drift away from their original species and eventually become impossible to interbreed with other subspecies within the original species. When this happens, this population has become another species, a process called “speciation.” species, a process called “speciation....
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This note was uploaded on 11/12/2011 for the course ANT 2410 taught by Professor Peon during the Fall '08 term at University of Florida.
- Fall '08
- Cultural Anthropology