Is Race Genetic?

Update: Using the textbook Anthropology: What does it mean to be human? see my class on the idea that Human variation is more complicated than biological race and the YouTube lecture Evolution undermines race which attempts to answer the question of “Is race genetic?”:

This material was from Introduction to Anthropology 2017 course. We tried to answer some big questions about humanity. Here’s one: Is Race Genetic?

The readings:

This was the only time in my courses that I used the Yolanda Moses blog-post on “Why Do We Keep Using the Word ‘Caucasian’?” as well as the Yudell et al. article on “Taking race out of human genetics.”


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