Use the Resources found on the Variation in Human Skin Color eheet to respond to the questions below. http://sciencenetlinks.com/esheets/variation-in-human-skin-color/
- What are some traits that people share?
- Besides genetics, what other factors can affect a person’s appearance and growth?
- Why do sub-Saharan Africans have the same dark skin color as many people in places like southern Asia and Australia?
- How has racial classification been used in North America?
- Why isn’t skin color a good way to classify people?
- How does melanin determine skin color?
- How does melanin typically respond to ultraviolet radiation?
- Besides melanoma, what other conditions does melanin shield against?
- Why is some shortwave ultraviolet radiation (UVB) exposure important?
- Historically, in what regions of the world have dark- and light-skinned people lived?
- How does the process of natural selection influence skin color?
- In what way do Jablonski and Chaplin see skin color as “a balancing act”?
- What is unique about the Eskimos of Alaska in terms of skin color?
- Are dark-skinned people at an advantage or disadvantage in northern latitudes? Why?
- What do Jablonski and Chaplin’s findings suggest about the concept of race?
- What impact has the idea of race had on society? What changes do you think are necessary?