Re: Racism disguised as Anthropology

Gerrit Hanenburg (
Tue, 23 Jul 1996 16:58:39 GMT (R.Bull/B.Bauer) wrote:

>I think that the following excerpt from Alex's post is "on
>topic" in this newsgroup in and needs to be challenged:

>> One hypothesis I have been able to reach after analyzing human behavior
>> and physiology was this: The skull structure of the typical African black
>> human is the most primitive (primate like) in that the rear areas of the
>> skull protrude further than the skulls of other races ie. whites, Asian,
>> Arabic, Aleutian etc. which is characteristic to prehistoric man and
>> modern apes. This leads me to believe that the early African human brain
>> evolved at a lessened rate due to the lack of necessity of a more evolved
>> brain.

I don't think we have to take Alex serious unless he makes the
statistical data on which his conclusions are based public.
As far as I know there is no consistent relationship between the shape
of the back of the skull and intelligence in H.s.s.
If Alex thinks otherwise then let us have the data,including the
composition of his population samples.
Apart from that I would like to know what Alex means by "the typical
African black human" and I'd like a specification of protruding "rear
areas of the skull" (does he mean something like occipital bunning of
a neanderthal type,or a nuchal torus?)

Btw,does he know that sub-Saharan Africans have the steepest foreheads
(as measured by the frontal angle) compared to populations outside
Africa?),a feature that has traditionally been considered a sign of
intelligence? :-)
(see Lahr,M.M.(1996),The Evolution of Modern Human Diversity:a Study
of Cranial Variation,Cambridge University Press,p.109 and 206)