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Black People : Facial Features Determines Ones Tribe????

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  1. Sangofa

    Sangofa Member MEMBER

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    I hope that I'm not repeating a topic that has already been discussed. I learned something in a African American studies class that left me confused. The professor stated, that he can look at the students features and tell what tribe we came from. Is that even possible since there has been a whole lot of mixing during slavery?
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    Sangofa,

    Based upon the dynamics of genetics, I would say yes, that to a degree one could look upon the face of an individual and determine, so-called tribal assignment. Of course, serious archaeological and anthropological evidences must be taken into consideration.

    Moreover, haplotypes, genotypes, and specifically phenotypes all figure in this determination. In biology, the phenotype is the observable characteristics of an individual resulting from the interaction of its genotype with the environment, while haplotypes are unseen make-ups, genetically.


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    I wonder!!!!!!!

    I wonder what tribe I come from...lol? I wish there was a tribe file that we could open up and see!!!!!!!!!!

    Peace Great subject....I like!!!:luvv:


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    Yes,

    Our facial features do indicate our ancestry. When I am introduced to new people in the city, of African descent I can often tell quickly where they are from just by looking at their face. Ghanians have broad shiny faces, with round features. Very round heads too. They tend to be built thick. Their color is undertones of espresso. My Somali friends look a little like the Ethiopian but darker and redder, with smaller eyes.
    Kenyans tend to be taller with sharp features, and the Ethiopian has fine bone structure and tend to appear "mixed" to the untrained eye.
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    Fine1952 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    The strength of DNA

    heavy weighed with the science Antropology brings a great deal of truth to your professors' observations...

    Our genes are more dominant than any other culture.
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    Interesting just by the looks of one's face..... I guess it's true because i know someone who always saying
    this person from here and this one belong to this and that , i just thought he was running a myth type convo..
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    I was going to say your professor must be quite the remarkable man indeed if he can identify what 'tribe' one comes from by looks alone.

    While many people are familiar with the most common physical traits of various continental "subdivisions" (eg Kenyan, Ghanaian etc) I think to know all the common physical attributes of the hundreds of tribes within Africa is a long shot.

    When I think of South Africa alone, one who lives there can easily can determine who is pedi, twana, zulu, sotho, xhosa etc.. whereas another from the outside looking in would likely see these neighbours as all the same. Or Zimbabwe.. the Ndebele, Shona, Shangane etc..

    Again, while not impossible, if your professor claims that he himself can do it by sight alone.. well... I, personally, would be surprised if he could name all the 'tribes' of Africa, let alone identify them all ;)

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    Great insight Sister Zulile, is that a yes or no?

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    A very critical point, Fine1952!
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    By sight alone? A resounding NO.
    :)

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