I've been watching nature shows on Netflix (Wildest series) and different animals of the same "family" are actually different species.

e.g. Asian elephants vs African elephants. Asian elephants are much smaller than their African counterparts.

Also with monkeys, different locations have their own species. Take langurs for example (see link below)



Just in the Indian subcontinent, there are many species of the same "gray langur".

In saying all that, how many species are there of modern day humans? It can't be just 1 homo sapiens it's quite obvious there are differences based on location. (Africans have darker skin. East asians have distinctly-shaped eyes and etc). Monkeys have lots of species even of the same "family" (see example above) and we're also primates.

thoughts? thanks

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    $\begingroup$ Nope, all modern humans are one species, even one subspecies (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatomically_modern_human). I suggest reading on taxonomy to understand the terms species and family (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxonomic_rank). Remember that these distinct classifications are concepts developed by us and appliead to biological entities which actually don't form such discrete structure. $\endgroup$
    – rg255
    Dec 1, 2015 at 7:02
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    $\begingroup$ By asking a question and then immediately ruling out a possible answer, which in this case is actually the factual answer to your question, you are giving an indication that you may not be open to an answer that would be contrary to your own ideas. Think about editing your question and rewording it in such a way as to remove the impression that you may not be willing to accept the answer if it is contrary to your view. Thanks. $\endgroup$
    – AMR
    Dec 1, 2015 at 8:14
  • $\begingroup$ It can't be just 1 homo sapiens. Guess again. A common definition of a species is that members of the same species group can produce viable and fertile offspring. Think about how that works with humans. $\endgroup$
    – James
    Dec 1, 2015 at 8:44
  • $\begingroup$ Why would skin color be an "obvious" reason anyway? We don't say that about other animals that come with different skin or fur color. Likewise with eye shape. $\endgroup$
    – YviDe
    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:50
  • $\begingroup$ Also related: Do humans have enough biological differences to be grouped into races or subspecies? $\endgroup$ Dec 1, 2015 at 11:11

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Not only is there only one species of human, genetically we don't even divide into different races. Pick any male human on the planet, at random, and any woman from anywhere else on the planet, also at random. They are just as likely to be capable of bearing children as any two people from the same village. The whole concept of a species embraces the concept of 'continuous reproductive continuity', so your 'obviously different human species' is profoundly mistaken.

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    $\begingroup$ Nice answer, it could be good to add some sources too which would both allow further reading and offer support to your answer :) though I'm not sure I'd bother in this case if I were you - looks like the question is headed for closure and deletion $\endgroup$
    – rg255
    Dec 1, 2015 at 20:45

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