We the People: Genus – 10 Words


taxonomic group containing one or more species

If it hadn’t been for the human ego, taxonomists would long ago have squeezed all hominoids into a single genus.New York Times (Sep 15, 2015)

someone who has exceptional intellectual ability

Napoleon said all geniuses are French, to explain why he was taking the treasures of Italy to Paris.The Guardian (Oct 1, 2015)

of a segment of DNA involved in producing polypeptide chains

Not only can people pass on their genetics, but also their ideas, which metaphorically grow and mutate.Science Magazine (Sep 24, 2015)

the study or investigation of ancestry and family history

Official census records, used by so many genealogy enthusiasts to piece together their families’ pasts, don’t include our non-European ancestors.The New Yorker (May 14, 2015)

willing to give and share unstintingly

Ankara has been extraordinarily generous to people from Syria in the years since civil war broke out there.US News (Sep 23, 2015)

draw from specific cases for broader cases

The data was restricted to Swedish males, a population whose results might not generalize to people in other parts of the world.Time (Sep 9, 2015)

the biological or cultural traits associated with one sex

Richer parts of the world do a lot better but are still a long way from complete gender equality.Economist (Sep 24, 2015)

a class of art having a characteristic form or technique

So why has the documentary genre captured the attention of Hollywood?Los Angeles Times (Sep 12, 2015)

an ancestor in the direct line

The real question here is, who was that last common ancestor, the missing progenitor of both chimps and humans?National Geographic (Sep 11, 2015)

systematic killing of a racial or cultural group

A large body of scholarship on ethnic cleansing and genocide concludes that mass killing generally takes place during civil wars or regime changes.Slate (Sep 23, 2015)

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