posted on Jul, 24 2004 @ 04:54 AM
If you're talking Homo Sapiens, who seemed to first evolve in Africa, then one would assume they would be just as dark as Africans are now. However,
there is much proof that homonids like Homo Erectus were already all over Europe, Asia, and Africa simultaneously, and all eventually evolved into
Homo Sapiens. We're talking looooong, loooong years here, hundreds of thousands. It was long enough for people to assume the shades they have today
thanks to their climate.
In ancient times, Vitamin-D deficiency would cause a malady known as rickets. Vitamin-D is created when a person comes in contact and absorbs
ultraviolet light. So, yes, it makes sense that people in northern latitudes would eventually become lighter and lighter. People in brighter
latitudes would become darker and darker to offset the negative affects of the sun. People in various climates adjust to the environment and you have
pale skin, blue eyes, and fair hair, olive skin, brown skin, and black skin.
Since most archeological evidence shows that the earliest humans evolved in Africa, it makes sense that people spread out from that part of the world
and changed color. So the first Homo Sapiens were probably dark skinned.
What's far less controversial and more obvious than man's original skin color, though, is the fact that agriculture and writing evolved in Sumeria.
And we all know what Sumerians look like - generally olive-skinned, some light eyes, most dark. Odd that modern-day Iraq, the Cradle of Civilization,
is now a gigantic war zone, no?