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The Physical Anthropology and Genetics of Marginal People of the Southeastern United States

William S. Pollitzer
American Anthropologist
New Series, Vol. 74, No. 3 (Jun., 1972), pp. 719-734
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Anthropological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/671549
Page Count: 16
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Abstract

Admixture of White, Negro, and Indian peoples of the Southeastern United States from colonial days on has led to some unique populations isolated by social status. In time they formed distinctive gene pools. On the basis of physical traits and serological factors, it has been possible to reconstruct the approximate genetic contribution of parental populations to the hybrid ones. Some inherited diseases have also been concentrated in these isolates. Both differential fertility and changing social factors may affect the future of these populations.

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