Friday, December 13, 2002

Am I descended from Neanderthals? I've always wondered where my red hair and freckles came from - I've always felt like such a freak because of the freckles, though my red hair is dark enough to look brown at times.

Red hair a legacy of Neanderthal man
Red hair may be the legacy of Neanderthal man. Oxford University scientists think the ginger gene, which is responsible for red hair, fair skin and freckles, could be up to 100,000 years old. They say their discovery points to the gene having originated in Neanderthal man, who lived in Europe for 260,000 years before the ancestors of modern man arrived from Africa about 40,000 years ago.

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