Answers to Quora Questions by Yair Davidiy
Do Mediterranean people consider Nordic and Anglo Saxon people to be their brothers?
No one considers themselves brothers with anyone else based on racial appearance alone.
There may be people in Italy, Poland, Norway, Germany, Russia who look like me.
[In fact quite a few Russian immigrants to Israel seem to fancy I look like one of them!]
If however appearance is all we have in common then I would not attach much importance to it.
This question seems to rely on the outmoded racial premise that distinguished between Mediterranean, Anglo-Saxon, and Nordic peoples.
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The inhabitants of the British isles were considered to be 50% Mediterranean type and 50% Nordic.
The Nordics themselves based on head shapes were sometimes considered to be closer to the Mediterranean than to the broad-headed East Europeans.
These classifications were based on head shapes and colorings.
It was later proven that head shapes to some degree were determined by the environment.
Ashkenazic Jews, for instance in Europe usually had broad heads whereas in Israel their children are more often long-headed.
Nevertheless, forensic scientists and archaeologists still use such measurements with a fair degree of reliability to determine ethnicity.
Nowadays, more reliance is placed on DNA findings.
These too are problematic.
According to DNA R1b dominates western Europe. They should therefore all be descended from the same ancestor.
There is some logic to this.
R1b however is also found in quite significant proportion to the north of central Africa.
Other anomalies exist e.g. Japanese and Tibetans (Haplogroup D) would be closer to Negroid Africans (E) and some south European whitemen than to Chinese.
Our impression is that DNA is also attributable in the long run to environment.
Human paternal lineages, languages, and environment in the Caucasus.
Tarkhnishvili D1, Gavashelishvili A1, Murtskhvaladze M1, Gabelaia M1, Tevzadze G2.
Human mtDNA subject to selection by climate?