Brunettes will inherit the world....  

sexyblokeinlincs 54M
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2/26/2006 6:18 am

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Brunettes will inherit the world....

Cavemen were the first to be lured by flaxen locks.... according to new research from the University of St Andrews.

Apparently North European women evolved blonde hair and blue eyes at the end of the Ice Age to make them stand out from their rivals at a time of fierce competition for scarce males.

In Northern Europe virtually the sole food source came from roaming herds of mammoths, reindeer, bison and horses meaning long, arduous hunting trips in which numerous males died, leading to a high ratio of surviving women to men.

Until then all women had dark brown hair and dark eyes. Lighter hair colours, started as rare mutations but became popular for breeding and numbers increased dramatically; “Human hair and eye colour are unusually diverse in northern and eastern Europe (and their) origin over a short span of evolutionary time indicates some kind of selection,” says Peter Frost, a Canadian anthropologist. Frost adds that the high death rate among male hunters “increased the pressures of sexual selection on early European women, one possible outcome being an unusual complex of colour traits.”

Professor John Manning, a specialist in evolutionary psychology at the University of Central Lancashire agrees; “Hair and eye colour tend to be uniform in many parts of the world, but in Europe there is a welter of variants,” he said. “The mate choice explanation now being put forward is, in my mind, close to being correct.”

The theory is also backed by a separate scientific analysis of north European genes carried out at three Japanese universities, which has isolated the date of the genetic mutation that resulted in blond hair to about 11,000 years ago.

The hair colour gene MC1R has at least seven variants in Europe and the continent has an unusually wide range of hair and eye shades. In the rest of the world, dark hair and eyes are overwhelmingly dominant.

Just how such variety emerged over such a short period of time in one part of the world has long been a mystery. According to the new research, if the changes had occurred by the usual processes of evolution, they would have taken about 850,000 years. But modern humans, emigrating from Africa, reached Europe only 35,000-40,000 years ago.

Instead, Frost attributes the rapid evolution to how they gathered food. In Africa there was less dependence on animals and women were able to collect fruit for themselves. In Europe, by contrast, food gathering was almost exclusively a male hunter’s preserve. The retreating ice sheets left behind a landscape of fertile soil with plenty of grass and moss for herbivorous animals to eat, but few plants edible for humans. Women therefore took on jobs such as building shelters and making clothes while the men went on hunting trips, where the death rate was high.

The increase in competition for males led to rapid change as women struggled to evolve the most alluring qualities. Frost believes his theory is supported by studies which show blonde hair is an indicator for high oestrogen levels in women.

Today film star blondes such as Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Sharon Stone and Scarlett Johansson are held up as ideals of feminine allure. However, the future of the blonde is uncertain. The World Health Organisation believe natural blondes are likely to be extinct within 200 years because there are too few people carrying the blonde gene. According to the WHO study, the last natural blond is likely to be born in Finland during 2202.

So brunettes will inherit the earth...

Adapted from today's Sunday Times


sexyblokeinlincs 54M
470 posts
2/26/2006 6:25 am

Not sure where redheads come into this...


helga_hansen 49F  
1987 posts
2/26/2006 3:20 pm

Will they?? I am blonde and blue-eyed, and I married a man with brown hair and brown eyes. Our son has blonde hair and blue eyes!

While I don't colour my hair, it does make me laugh that so many women aspire to be blonde. I guess we do have more fun, after all!


PS. And I don't believe that men have fun with blondes and marry brunettes, because my husband's first wife was brunette...

Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥

brightblonde3 57F

2/26/2006 4:22 pm

Hmmm...I'm a natural reddish blonde with green eyes. Guess that makes me a temperamental, jealous airhead?

Well, my kind will be extinct in 200 years, supposedly...but don't discount those tough Celtic genes yet!




2/26/2006 4:37 pm

Very interesting....

just a squirrel trying to get a nut

caressmewell 53F

2/27/2006 6:59 am

I'm a redhead and my children are blonde..go figure.

womanoirish 53F

2/27/2006 7:59 am

Well, it's really simple as to why the haircolor evolved so quickly...blonde color #3! Those cavewomen hair stylists knew what to

An interesting theory. I always love the theory that says only the males hunted, especially as they've not got a shred of evidence that says it was only males and that females never participated. Because, as everyone knows, only people with penises know how to throw a spear or herd animals off a cliff. Yes, of course.

PrincessKarma 43F
6188 posts
3/1/2006 2:26 pm

Well, I'm a (higly probable) carrier for green and hazel-blue eyes. My Dad's brother has olive green eyes, his sister's are clear brown and Daddy's are hazel-blue, while my Mom's are mahogany as mine are; her father was Irish-American and she has freckles all over her back so I'm likely to have some redhead genes as well...

Would this be the explanation for my weakness for green or blue eyes, sandy hair and fair skin? Instinctively wanting to perpetuate those traits?

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MissAnnThrope 56F
11488 posts
3/1/2006 5:05 pm

My father and his family were all blonds. I was born blonde and at puberty, my hair turned brunette. So of course, when I was about 14, my mother decided I was going to start lightening it. My eyes remained blue, but they change to green, if I'm in a bad mood.

I do find this scientist's findings flawed though. Yes, both parents have to hold the recessive gene for a blonde child. Which means, two brunette parents can end up with a blonde child. It does happen too. I used to take ballet lessons with these sisters, who had a Swedish father and a Japanese mother. They had blue eyes and blonde hair. They were natural blondes too and this was after my hair darkened up. Theirs didn't. Natural blondes have always been a minority.

rm_goddess1946 105F
13518 posts
3/1/2006 5:15 pm

All I know is I am a sucker for dark hair and dark eyes and
I have had my hair every color in the book and then some !

Just a little food for thought.............
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deliciousngood 64F
1665 posts
3/2/2006 8:46 am

Hmmmm..interesting...BOTH my sons are natural blondes...and both are attracted to very dark haired girls....wonder what my grand babies will look like??

popmuse01 35F

3/3/2006 10:41 am

I'm with Miss Ann on this one.

I was blonde haired and blue eyed until I was 4. Then it turned to a natural auburn, which is probably even MORE rare than a natural blonde. My eyes are a blue green with gold specks and will darken or lighten depending on mood. Ironically, my dad was blue eyed and black hair, mom is blue eyes and a redhead (natural), and my brother stayed blonde until he was 9 LOL.

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sexyblokeinlincs 54M
470 posts
3/4/2006 12:26 am

Science will set you free..... But luckly the one sure thing about forecasts is that they will be wrong, the only question being 'how wrong?'

I suspect broadly the scientists are right but I suspect their timelines are horribly wrong - who are scientists to predict who will mate with whom...?

For the record I am a red head, and so are my children - a legacy of the Celts I daresay. I suspect in a similar study we should have died out centuries ago.


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