Michael Hearne wrote:
> I'm usually worried about static dns, and then I ended up in this
> conversation about the non-existence of human races. Does that mean that
> Siberian Tigers and Indian Tigers are not separate species, but races? I
> have never heard of any animal on Earth referred to as a "race" except
> for people.
> Sorry to go on and on, I don't get out much.
> Michael Hearne
> RLU #352695
> 35.14N - 101.50W
Using the term race to replace species these days is an anachronism.
In Darwins day the term race was indeed used to describe the different
varieties of life(as was species), but now it really only applies to
humans. I study Anthropology/Archaeology, so from my perspective 'race'
is really only usefull as a cultural term, not a scientific term as it
appears to be based on arbitrary characteristics, e.g. some cultures
determine race by eye color, if siblings have different eye color they
are considered to be different racially.