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Originally posted by Trent
Ok but you failed to answer the only question I'm really interested in. If dark skin is superior to pale skin in all climate zones and all cases than why do people have pale skin?
Do you think northern European/Asian people always had pale skin? If they didn't always have pale skin what cased the change if not environmental conditions?
You actually missed the point i was making with that article which was this quote.
Think about it for a minute: if you map the skin color of human ancestors around the world, you will find an undeniable correlation between skin pigmentation and geographic relationship with the equator. The only exception to this is the Eleusian or Eskimo populations who, of course, got plenty of vitamin D through the regular consumption of fish oils, and thus did not need a skin pigmentation adaptation in order to survive.
[edit on 1-1-2005 by Trent]
Originally posted by ubermunche
People with pale skin red/blonde hair are genetically less predisposed to developing such vitamin deficient conditions as ricketts in a northerly climate with less sunlight, or so I've read somewhere.
In our modern world of warm clothing, central heating, sun block and air conditioning these are less of a concern.
No doubt even a few hundred years ago pale skinned europeans managed to survive extreme tropical temps as did black people in northern climes using protective clothing, regular supplies of food and heat etc but put a bunch of dark skinned hunter gatherers in a cold climate and their cave dwelling white counterparts in the savahhna with nothing more than what is around them and they are both operating with a severe disadvantage towards survival.
Originally posted by Umbrax
Not too long ago I had to get some blood work done.
As the nurse was preparing me for the needle I told her it takes many attempts to get a vain to draw blood from. A few years ago I had pneumonia and it took 3 nurses 10 tries total to stick me with a needle for the I.V.
Anyway she told me that in her 15 years experience in nursing red heads always give her trouble for getting a good vain.
Originally posted by Dan West
From what Ive read even hitler made an error with the aryan race
Aryans were Indo-European people that lived in western Asia discounting the region known as the middle east.
Fair would be rare as most who still live in this region today are not.
being light or dark has no bearing in the search for superiority.
Having a greater resistance to the sun was not important when you consider up until recently we died much earlier and in most cases dying for other reasons such as infection would have happened before cancer kicked in
the meaning of life is to reproduce, not live longest thats a modern concept.
Being able to survive in water is also important, needing it for life and living near it
I dont know who first mastered the art of swimming but have a look in the olympic pool today.
Running also important once again look at the olympics.
[edit on 23-1-2005 by Dan West]
Originally posted by Leading Lady
LOL! Interesting topic! I have reddish blonde hair! Also, I hope stinker thinker was joking! On a survival level of the human species, the more melanin produced the better which makes darker skin better which is why it's dominent and always dominates the lighter shades.
Originally posted by Hajduk
Red hair is also sometime associated with inbreeding. Many royal families used to have inter family marriages. You also see a lot of red hair in Quaker and Huterite colonies where there is not enough outbreeding.
That is not to say that all red haired people are a product of inbreeding, but red hair is a homozygous recessive allele that is usually masked by dominant alleles acquired by outbreeding. It would explain why perhaps kings had higher percentage of red hair than in the general population with random mating where the chances of inheriting a rare, recessive trait is only like 4%.
some also believe that redhair, particularly in Ireland, Scottland, and Scandinavia was a result of poor nutrition.
[edit on 1-5-2005 by Hajduk]