Although in the United States people are often asked to self-identify as either white, Hispanic, African American, Asian or Native American, advanced understanding of DNA reduced the amount of races accepted by scientists to three: European, Asian, African. It is argued, however, that even these three races are not accurate classifications of individuals.Know More
The disparity of exactly what qualifies as a race lies in the history of race as a social construct. However, the contemporary study of race involves scientific research into the variances of human DNA. Traditionally, people have been racially classified based on their appearance. It was assumed that people with similar physical features shared a common ancestor. Human genome testing, however, has established this is not necessarily true. Scientists point out that the DNA of many Europeans is no more similar to each other than is the DNA of Europeans and Africans. Additionally, the American Anthropological Association asserts that of the three currently accepted races, European and Asian are actually subsets of African, as human beings have inhabited the African continent for the longest amount of time.
Contemporary racial classifications, however, are dictated more by population distribution and by exposure to people of dissimilar heritages to each other. As understanding about the science of race has grown, scientists have begun dropping the term "race" in favor of the less derogatory "human variation."Learn more about Anthropology
According to an article published in The Independent, the San people are most likely the oldest human population group to inhabit Earth. The claim is based on an extensive analysis of African DNA in a study published in the journal Science.Full Answer >
At least one giant human skeleton can be found at the Hunterian Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons in London, England. Another giant skeleton can be found at the Museum of Natural History in Mons, Belgium.Full Answer >
The expansion of the Roman Empire was from about 60 B.C. till the Empire's dissolution in 476 A.D., and many of the innovations that Romans brought to other countries were fueled in part by dwindling resources in the area of Rome itself. As the people of Rome used up firewood, and grains became scarcer due to a rising population, it was the human-environment interaction which led to the political and military decisions to conquer other lands.Full Answer >
The Human Genome Project was first proposed at a conference in 1986 when scientists from the United States created plans to sequence the entire human genome. The project itself officially began in 1990.Full Answer >