I'm sorry if this is off-topic, but I think the users of this SE site would be best equipped to answer it. It's a question about the historical development of an anthropological idea.

If you are unaware, there is a list of nations in Genesis 10 descended from Noah's three sons, from where a tradition comes that the three sons when in three separate directions after the flood to repopulate the Earth. One North, one South, and one East.

The anthropological distinction of the races as being part of these three group, Caucasoid, Negroid, or Mongoloid, could be seen as North, South, and East, respectively, from the approximate location of the Ark's final resting place.

My question is did the old tradition about Noah's sons influenced the anthropological distinctions?

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    $\begingroup$ This question is off-topic (IMO) and would fit better on the history beta. $\endgroup$ – Nick Stauner Aug 28 '14 at 6:27
  • $\begingroup$ @NickStauner Okay, well, let's see how the rest of the community feels, then, if it is closed, I'll post there, but I would really love an answer from an anthropologist not a general historian. $\endgroup$ – 6628 Aug 28 '14 at 6:31
  • $\begingroup$ Sure, I'm curious what others think too. Not sure how on-topic anthropology is here in general...probably deserves a meta-question. $\endgroup$ – Nick Stauner Aug 28 '14 at 6:35
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    $\begingroup$ @NickStauner I did find this, but couldn't seem to find any practical advice for my particular question: Is Sociology on topic? $\endgroup$ – 6628 Aug 28 '14 at 6:38
  • $\begingroup$ Great question, however as Nick pointed out, I don't feel it is a good fit here. I already asked how History.SE feels about it just in case. We'll see what others think ... $\endgroup$ – Steven Jeuris Aug 28 '14 at 10:48