outdated term for a grouping of human beings historically regarded as a biological taxon

Negroid was a word for a person from Sub-Saharan Africa. The group of these persons was called "Negroid race". In former times, many people divided human beings into three races. These races were called Negroid, Mongoloid, and Caucasoid. Today, scientists agree that there is only one human race. Modern genetic research has shown that the idea of three races was wrong.[1][2]:360

Map of human races (Meyers Konversations-Lexikon, 1885–1890)

  North Mongol

Features such as a wider nose, curly hair, and dark skin were seen as typical for the Negroid race.


  1. American Association of Physical Anthropologists (27 March 2019). "AAPA Statement on Race and Racism". American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Retrieved 19 June 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. Templeton, A. (2016). EVOLUTION AND NOTIONS OF HUMAN RACE. In Losos J. & Lenski R. (Eds.), How Evolution Shapes Our Lives: Essays on Biology and Society (pp. 346-361). Princeton; Oxford: Princeton University Press. doi:10.2307/j.ctv7h0s6j.26. That this view reflects the consenus among American anthropologists is stated in: Wagner, Jennifer K.; Yu, Joon-Ho; Ifekwunigwe, Jayne O.; Harrell, Tanya M.; Bamshad, Michael J.; Royal, Charmaine D. (February 2017). "Anthropologists' views on race, ancestry, and genetics". American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 162 (2): 318–327. doi:10.1002/ajpa.23120.