The Origin of Species did not give people near enough to speculate, wonder, argue, and even fight about concerning the races of man. The significance of the difference between the various people of the earth and the propriety of introducing the concept of race as a distinct entity have been argued back and forth by anthropologists ever since they got interested in such matters and probably in more forthright manner by primitive peoples. Those who are not familiar with professional anthropologists or whose interests have never veered in such directions may find it a little bewildering to consider the hubbub stirred up by Carleton Coon's The Origin of Races which was published in 1962. The failure to have a precise definition of race, one to which all sensible people could subscribe, has not in the least diminished enthusiastic discussion and argument about races, particularly the races of man. The antiquity
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