Mystery of the Melanesian Blond Hair Solved
eye is so useful that it evolved
multiple times, so perhaps blondes just more fun that blond hair also
That’s my theory and I’m sticking by it. Well, at least the second part
is true. Science has just solved the mystery of why many Solomon Islanders
have blonde afros:
Pay a visit to Melanesia’s Solomon Islands, 1800 kilometers northeast
of Australia, and you’ll notice a striking contrast: about 10% of the
dark-skinned islanders sport bright blond afros. Hypotheses about the
origins of this golden hair have included bleaching by sun and saltwater,
a diet rich in fish, and the genetic legacy of Europeans or Americans.
But a new study fingers a random mutation instead, suggesting that blond
hair evolved independently at least twice in human history.
(Photo: Sean Myles)