Dark skin, blue eyes: Genes paint a picture of 7,000-year-old European – NBC News.com

The remains of the Mesolithic male, dubbed La Braña 1, were found in 2006 in the La Braña-Arintero cave complex in northwest Spain. In the Nature paper, the researchers describe how they isolated the ancient DNA, sequenced the genome and looked at key regions linked to physical traits — including lactose intolerance, starch digestion and immune response.The biggest surprise was that the genes linked to skin pigmentation reflected African rather than modern European variations. That indicates that the man had dark skin, \”although we cannot know the exact shade,\” Carles Lalueza-Fox, a member of the research team from the Spanish National Research Council, said in a news release. At the same time, the man possessed the genetic variations that produce blue eyes in current Europeans.

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  1. Reblogged this on Spirit In Action and commented:
    Thank you for sharing this! Just like now people fell in love and mated with people who appealed to their hearts and spirits not people with the same genetic makeup. The only odd thing is that modern scientists might find that in any way surprising.

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