from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of the first form, or of the form shown in the earlier ages: as applied in anthropology, characteristic of races which for very long periods have had a fixed habitat, as the Mediterranean, Mongolian, and negro races: distinguished from protomorphic and metamorphic.
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From these three main races (called archimorphic by C.H. Stratz), G. Fritsch has distinguished the mixed races derived from them as metamorphic.
Stratz has selected the following as the criteria for the three archimorphic races.
Fritsch regards the three archimorphic main races as centres of radiation: the white race in South-Western Asia, the yellow race in North-Eastern Asia, and the black race in Central
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