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Redefining Race: The Potential Demise of a Concept in Physical Anthropology

For many years the prevailing, almost monolithic view in physical anthropology was that the concept of race was a valid tool for the description and study of human variation. More recently, the race concept has been attacked as invalid because populations of humans separated by significant reproductive barriers and/or exhibiting concordant combinations of

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