Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Historical Racial Groups

Outcome of a typological exercise, not accepted as valid by many biological anthropologists, in which humans are clustered into a few infraspecific categories or varieties (see Linnaeus) or races (see Blumenbach). Anthropologists today speak of such categories as archaic, and instead refer to people in terms of adaptation to local climates, migration history, and microevolutionary genetic variation. Aka standard racial groups.

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