Similar Appearance versus Ancestry (16 October 2015, 3 Chessman, 5776)
Tacitus, Agricola 1;11
"... The dark complexion of the Silures, their usually curly hair, and the fact that Spain is the opposite shore to them, are an evidence that Iberians of a former date crossed over and occupied these parts. Those who are nearest to the Gauls are also like them, either from the permanent influence of original descent, or, because in countries which run out so far to meet each other, climate has produced similar physical qualities."
The quotation from Tacitus refelcts ancient understanding on the subjexct of racial morphology. It sums up our understanding of race.
We spoke about this at some length in our work "The Tribes".
If anything we did not go far enough. [It is not that we are revolutionary and unconventional. If anything we are TOO conservative in our approach and unnecessarily diffident towards conventional opinion!]
Here are extracts from what we said in "The Tribes" chapter 2:
The claim may also be made that peoples of the same areas of otherwise entirely different physical characteristics often have the same coloring. A mixed genetic stock of similar but different variations will produce over a long period more often the type that is most adaptable to the surrounding environment. This is not evolution. It is adaptation of an already existing physical entity (i.e. a group of people) to empirical circumstance in accordance with its already existing genetic potential.
.... Jacob was inspired to utilize external influences in order to activate inherent genetic potential since he placed rods only before those beasts that were of mixed parentage and that acted accordingly by maturing earlier. The rods may also have acted as some type of catalyst. This does not mean that no miracle was involved since Jacob apparently succeeded far beyond what he could have been expected to by the Laws of Nature alone. Nevertheless Jacob did act rationally.
In addition to the above we have the proven influence of the environment on physical type. The environment may not be only determining factor but combined with the genetic predisposition it definitely does play a part.
....Intermarriage of the Tribes with different nations combined with other factors must have produced different types, and this with the later influence of varying physical environments is enough to explain the superficial differences amongst the descendants of different Israelite Tribes today.