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Cheddar Man: DNA shows early Briton had dark skin

Cheddar Caves DNA 1903 Britain 10000 years old Ice Age

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7 February 2018



A cutting-edge scientific analysis shows that a Briton from 10,000 years ago had dark skin and blue eyes.

Researchers from London's Natural History Museum extracted DNA from Cheddar Man, Britain's oldest complete skeleton, which was discovered in 1903.

University College London researchers then used the subsequent genome analysis for a facial reconstruction.

It underlines the fact that the lighter skin characteristic of modern Europeans is a relatively recent phenomenon.

No prehistoric Briton of this age had previously had their genome analysed.

As such, the analysis provides valuable new insights into the first people to resettle Britain after the last Ice Age.

The analysis of Cheddar Man's genome - the "blueprint" for a human, contained in the nuclei of our cells - will be published in a journal, and will also feature in the upcoming Channel 4 documentary The First Brit, Secrets Of The 10,000-year-old Man.



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I mean, the only people who might be surprised are white nationalists. It's very well established that whites hail from the Caucus/Indo-Aryan region, a place with a higher UV radiation. Meanwhile, Europe (especially the English Isles) were a frozen wasteland that were difficult to inhabit, so while there would be a few Caucasian/Aryan populations that already had pale skin by this point, it wouldn't be the dominant one.


Actually, it still isn't. Most Caucasians in the world have tan skin. It's hard for a lot of people to understand since we have such regionalistic identities, but the continent with the most Caucasians and Aryans is actually Asia by some distance, thanks to Arabia, Persia, Pakistan, and India. It's most evident with modern white tribal communities like the Kalashi


When the last Ice Age hit (and oh boy, you'll never believe why it happened!), it makes sense there'd be mass migrations out of the northern regions of the planet and back again.


About that last Ice Age, though...

And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future.

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