posted on Jun, 30 2010 @ 04:05 PM
Very interesting point, Masqua.
Remember that I said that we were Homo Sapiens?
As you pointed out, we are Homo Sapiens Sapiens. The Neanderthal men that you mentioned are sometimes classified as Homo Sapiens
Neanderthalensis (which would make them a sub-species of Homo Sapiens, and thus the same species as us), and sometimes as just
Homo Neanderthalensis (which would make them a different species).
The reason why we can't tell for sure, is because we don't know if Sapiens Sapiens could interbreed with Neanderthalensis. Personally, I like the
idea that we are the same species, so I always refer to them as Homo Sapiens Neanderthalensis.
Homo Erectus, however, is consensually seen as a different species.
When it comes to race and breed, I consider those two words to be synonymous. But then again, defining words is exactly what we're trying to do here,
Well, I've said what I think of race/breed. I see it as a purely biological/anatomical phenomenon that should not have any influence on people's
status in society.
On a side note, Wikipedia (for what it's worth) treats subspecies and race as synonyms. If we assume that Neanderthals were Sapiens, that would make
only two human races: Sapiens, and the extinct Neanderthalensis.
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[edit on 30-6-2010 by Breizhoo]