Dark Skin, Blue Eyes – the Original Europeans

Swarthy Blues

“The modern European gene pool was formed when three ancient populations mixed within the last 7,000 years, Nature journal reports.

“Blue-eyed, swarthy hunters mingled with brown-eyed, pale skinned farmers as the latter swept into Europe from the Near East.

“But another, mysterious population with Siberian affinities also contributed to the genetic landscape of the continent…

“This additional ‘tribe’ is the most enigmatic and, surprisingly, is related to Native Americans…

“Pigmentation genes carried by the hunters and farmers showed that, while the dark hair, brown eyes and pale skin of the early farmer would look familiar to us, the hunter-gatherers would stand out if we saw them on a street today.

Blue Eyes“It really does look like the indigenous West European hunter gatherers had this striking combination of dark skin and blue eyes that doesn’t exist any more,’ Prof Reich told BBC News…

“‘Hunters and gatherers get vitamin D through their food – because animals have a lot of it. But once you’re farming, you don’t get a lot of it, and once you switch to agriculture, there’s strong natural selection to lighten your skin so that when it’s hit by sunlight you can synthesise vitamin D.'” (BBC Science, September 2014)

So the classical racist idea of blond blue-eyed ‘Aryans’ never actually existed. What we have is a result of race mixing and skin lightening due to farming.

From Newsnotes, October 2014

One comment

  1. I found it interesting that the article ‘Dark Skin Blue Eyes- The original European’, states that the dark skined blue eyed European farmer does not exist anymore. I recently had a DNA profile done and against all the rumors, I am full boring Anglo Celtic. I traced all the ancesterial branches available and the DNA test runs true. Most of my family on both sides, around fifty members, have blue eyes, thick dark curly hair, and “olive”/tan skin. Very much like the picture of the early European farmer.


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