Posted by kosta on May 27, 2002 at 14:03:25:
In Reply to: evidence per Coon that physical similarity doesn't mean continuity as such in same people posted by gertrude on May 27, 2002 at 10:57:24:
And? All this says is Greeks are a composite people whose mesocephaly averages out and masks the varied heritage.
If you're trying to establish that modern Greeks are a bunch of people who, just out of luck, might happen to "resemble" the old Greeks, you missed the point of the writing. Coon was just trying to expain how Greeks could have gone so long without significantly altering their racial make-up. One would expect a little admixture in all those years; after all, people (yes, even Greeks) are human beings.
Being the good scientist that he was, he accounted for this fact of life, and added the caveat that *if* Greeks mixed with others, it was with people of the same composite races. Notice there is no implication of Greeks *actually mixing* with others. He was just covering his ass against the scientific community who would very likely call him on his otherwise very bold claims about Greek racial continuity.
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