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Consistent physical distinctions between groups of people from different areas, some of which can be readily observed (skin color, average build, etc.) and some of which can not (blood type distribution, etc.) are caused by genetic variation between those groups. Cultures divide people into races based on these physical, ultimately genetic differences.

But how important is race and how distinct are the races from one another?

Findings from Genetic Research

A lot of genetics journals archive their abstracts (sometimes with links to the entire article) at PubMed (more info) .

Findings from Fossil Remains

Physical anthropologists and archaeologists are frequently working with geneticists and publishing their findings in genetics journals.

Overall Findings

Resources

Olson, 2001 . The Genetic Archaeology of Race. The Atlantic Monthly - April: a summary written for the educated public.

References


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