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"A new analysis on a set of human remains dating back 13,000 years, which were found on the east bank of the Nile in northern Sudan, suggests the individuals were victims of a race war...    The finding provides evidence for the oldest known, relatively large-scale human armed conflict.

A new analysis on a set of human remains dating back 13,000 years, which were found on the east bank of the Nile in northern Sudan, suggests the individuals were victims of a race war, according to a report in The Independent.  The finding provides evidence for the oldest known, relatively large-scale human armed conflict. - See more at: http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-evolution-human-origins/13000-y...!bjwcnc

During the period in which the sub-Saharans violently perished, northern Sudan was a major ethnic interface between the two racial groups...   there was a huge competition for resources due to a severe climatic downturn in which many water sources dried up, and people of all ethnic groups were forced to migrate to the banks of the Nile... the different racial groups would have inevitably clashed under these circumstances, resulting in the violent ending of a group of sub-Saharans more than 13,000 years ago

I have often thought that racism is a ancient as humanity.   It is the universal "Us/then" dichotomy that divides people, especially in times of limited resources, or in cases of opportunism and greed. 

Even in case of universality of racism, unless we overcome it, there will be more victimization, dehumanization, and suffering.  If there was sexual mixing of Neanderthal and modern humans, then we also know that racial mixing is about as ancient as our species as well, and maybe therein lies some hope.

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I have often thought that racism is a ancient as humanity.   It is the universal "Us/then" dichotomy that divides people, especially in times of limited resources, or in cases of opportunism and greed.

The reason there's an "us/them dichotomy" is that people who don't look much like you are unlikely to share many genes with you. 

Evolution cares about passing on genes.  The genes that are passed on are the ones that appear today.  People who don't share genes with you are less likely to care about you and treat you well. 

So in terms of evolution, it makes sense to be wary of people who don't look much like you.  They're probably from another "tribe" and may be dangerous. 

This theory is supported empirically. 

Racism is connected to social anxiety.  People with a rare genetic disorder called Williams syndrome, which causes people to lack social anxiety, also lack racial biases.  These people are also vulnerable to attack because they don't have social fear; they don't pick up signals that someone may be about to attack them.  And the beta blocker propranolol, of all things, makes people less racially prejudiced, apparently because the beta blocker blocks neural connections that are involved in subconscious fear. 

Apparently one root cause of racism is a tendency to fear people who are non-kin.

Yes, humanity desperately needs to come together to solve our problems.  I don't know what's more divisive, religion or racism.  And yes, our catholic primate sexual tastes help to overcome racial divisions :)

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