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Genetics of blond hair in Solomon Islanders | Health | The Earth Times via @earthtimes

Genetics of blond hair in Solomon Islanders | Health | The Earth Times via @earthtimes

The unique recessive gene for blond hair is an example of convergent evolution (with the ubiquitous blond from Europe based cultures; Credit: © Sean Miles The evolution of blondes has been disputed for centuries. No, not in the pub. The European style blond(e) found from Lebanon to Scandinavia and, of course in Australia and North America, now has competition. For years, jokes about sailors misleadingly explained Solomon Islanders blond locks. Now this intriguing solution has appeared from a pretty old and worn problem. About 46% of all Solomon Islanders are blond, despite there being no explanation whatsoever for their hair colour in an equatorial archipelago, far to the north-east of Australia and east of PNG. Sean Myles and his colleagues at Bristol, Max Planck Institute and UC San Francisco investigated the Melanesians on the Solomon Islands, publishing their research ...

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