Commenter Cale wrote:
Putting Congoids, Sanoids and Australoids in a same category it’s like putting Europeans and East Asians together
Historically Congoids, Sanoids, and Australoids were all considered one big Negroid race or one big black race. The main reason for separating them is that they are genetically distant, but genetic distance has been calculated based on neutral DNA (i.e. DNA that is not selected for and thus by definition not important). Scientists specifically used neutral DNA because they wanted to use genetic distance as a proxy for chronological distance (how long have 2 populations been separate) so they could infer prehistoric migration patterns, and neutral DNA serves as a reliable molecular clock, because it mutates at a random rate, unlike selected DNA which can change rapidly or slowly depending on selection pressures.
Congoids, Sanoids & Australoids should be lumped together in my opinion because they all genetically preserve the phenotype of a common ancestor, even though that common ancestor is extremely ancient.
By contrast, Europeans and East Asians should not be lumped together, because even though they share a more recent ancestor, they do not both genetically preserve the phenotype of that common ancestor.
To make a ridiculous analogy, imagine if you gave birth to a snake, while your sister gave birth to a human. Technically the snake is more related to you because it’s your son, but you would behave more altruistically towards your nephew, because he, like you, share the family and species phenotype.
The modern tendency of classifying everything by how recently you’ve shared common ancestors has lead to the ridiculous spectacle of humans being classified as apes, birds being classified as dinosaurs and Negritos being classified as non-negroid. It makes no sense.
I bet if we took DNA from a million year old crocodile, genes would say it’s not a crocodile even though the fossil record says crocodiles haven’t changed in millions of years.
So I think we’re better off ignoring genes when classifying race unless you only look at the genes that code for phenotype.