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The Problem with the Normative View
The normative view is that items or members of different groups
are presumed to be characterized by discrete traits and can be
easily divided into discrete categories.
Anthropologists were seeing continuous (not discrete) distributions
of traits across ―racial‖ boundaries and geographic regions.
All the traits we can see (as well as genetic traits that are not
visible) which have been used to differentiate ―races‖ have a
clinal distribution.
Skin Colour Distribution
Most traits are polygenic:
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