Natural blondes are likely to be extinct

February 28, 2006 by  

A report from the University of St. Andrews , published this week in Evolution and Human Behavior , says north European women evolved blond hair and blue eyes to make them stand out from their rivals at a time of fierce competition for scarce males, it appears blond hair originated in the region because of food shortages 10,000-11,000 years ago. Many men died in long, arduous hunting trips for food, leading to a high ratio of surviving women to men. Lighter hair colors, which started as rare mutations, became popular for breeding.

The analysis of northern European genes carried out at three Japanese universities has isolated the date of the genetic mutation that resulted in blond hair and blue eyes to about 11,000 years ago, but according to another study by the World Health Organization , it looks like blondes are about to get extinct .

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