Redheads better adapted for sun-shunning lifestyles

If you’re a redhead and have the misfortune of being made fun of for that, it might be worth pointing out that you’re a wonderful product of evolution!

Fair skin and red hair first appeared around the time people settled in Europe 50,000 years ago and still remains a dominant gene in southern Europeans today, even if they can catch a tan.

Known as V6OL allele, the gene made skin lighter as humans were getting less vitamin D from no longer being in the harsh African sun.

[Source: Daily Mail]

 

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