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Explain why the notion of dividing humans into some number of races based on differences in skin color is problematic and ultimately lacks biological justification The notion of dividing and classifying humans into a number of ethnic groups or races on a basis of skin pigmentation contains a lot of controversy behind it According to Montagu 1942 the idea of race among humans was completely unsupported by biological facts and that racial classifications are arbitrary social or political instruments that pose a greater threat to humanity According to each anthropologist regardless of whom you ask will have a different definition for the word race Coon et al defined race as a somatically unique population or collection of identical populations where as Boyds definition was based on the premise that the frequency of one or more of the genes a population posses is indicative of a certain race Boyd later categorized these races based on the genetics of several common blood groups There is no set criterion that an individual must meet to be declared a certain race this makes it all the more difficult for one to differentiate between races solely based on skin color Next the arbitrariness involved in selecting racial traits is another dilemma when attempting to classify a certain race For instance a random man walks by grabbing all the eyes in the room To you the man appears to be of the Caucasoid race to a nearby friend he appears as an Australoid but in reality he is a Mongoloid In todays world there is an exceedingly normalness in the distribution of many racial traits meaning many people today will contain physical traits that are generally not considered traits of the ethnic group that they fall under Lastly our world is gradually diversifying more and more each day resulting in an increase in the number of interracial couples and their offspring Thus making it that much more difficult to classify these
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