Are Ethnic Groups Biological “Species” to the Human Brain?

@article{GilWhite2001AreEG,
  title={Are Ethnic Groups Biological “Species” to the Human Brain?},
  author={Francisco J. Gil-White},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  year={2001},
  volume={42},
  pages={515 - 553}
}
  • F. Gil-White
  • Published 1 August 2001
  • Psychology
  • Current Anthropology
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