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Mystery of the Melanesian Blond Hair Solved

The
eye is so useful that it evolved
multiple times
, so perhaps blondes just more fun that blond hair also
evolved more:

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.

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(Photo: Sean Myles)

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May 4th, 2012

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