This paper argues that the history of science - specifically the experimental history of science- may be profitably used in the education of biological anthropologists for teaching human variation. E. 0. Manoiloffs research in racial serology conducted in the mid-1920s is used as an example. It is suggested that in addition to reading texts on the histoty of human variation studies, students could repeat Manioloffs experiments using both original and modem equipment. These learning activities will demonstrate to students the weaknesses of the typological approach and racial paradigm, contribute toward the development of a better understanding of the scientific process, and cultivate an appreciation of past and present research on human variation.