Dark skin and blond hair: unusual inhabitants of Melanesia
• Dark skin and light hair: unusual inhabitants of Melanesia
The traveler, who arrived in Melanesia, can be truly shocked: Only here you can find a large number of dark-skinned people with blond hair. Scientists have long tried to find the cause of this unusual appearance. Among the versions considered and heredity, supposedly white hair got locals on the European colonialists.
Melanesia - an island group in the Pacific Ocean, which includes New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu and other countries. Among the inhabitants of the islands, every tenth - blonde. Given the fact that the population of the Melanesians - about half a million, the phenomenon can be called typical and common. It is interesting that with blond hair Melanesians have inherited from their ancestors dark as pitch, skin.
The basic version, which for several years have advanced scientists, geneticists, was hereditary. They remembered that on the islands in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, British and Germans lived, grown here coconut plantations.
However, recent studies have shown that the real reason - a genetic mutation. The causes of mutations has not yet been established, the carriers of the mutated gene is a quarter of the population, but the blond born only 10%, as the gene - recessive. It is interesting that nowhere in the world such a mutation no longer occurs, and there is from 5 to 30 thousand years ago. It is interesting that a large number of blonds scientists explain that men blond women are more attractive, and more often than marriages is with them.