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Light Skin Genes Evolved More Recently Than Previously Thought, DNA Study Shows. By Tia Ghose

An ancient European hunter-gatherer man had dark skin and blue eyes, a new genetic analysis has revealed.

The analysis of the man, who lived in modern-day Spain only about 7,000 years ago, shows light-skin genes in Europeans evolved much more recently than previously thought.

The findings, which were detailed today (Jan. 26) in the journal Nature, also hint that light skin evolved not to adjust to the lower-light conditions in Europe compared with Africa, but instead to the new diet that emerged after the agricultural revolution, said study co-author Carles Lalueza-Fox, a paleogenomics researcher at Pompeu Fabra University in Spain.

Sunlight changes

Many scientists have believed that lighter skin gradual

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Added: Jan-31-2014 Occurred On: Jan-31-2014
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Tags: Skin Pigmentation, UV Light, Agricultural Revolution, Ancient Europeans, Ancient Europeans Blue Eyes, Biology, Caucasian, Dna, Human Origins, Hunter Gatherers Skin, Light Skin, Light Skin Genes, Origin Of Light Skin, Science News
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