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Anonymous asked in Social ScienceAnthropology · 10 months ago

Is there a connection between ethnicity and hair color in European people?

Due to European people being native to many regions of the world, is it true that certain hair color is more prevalent in some Caucasian ethnicities than others?

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  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    hair color is determined by the amount of eumelanin (dark brown to black0 and also the amount of phaeomelanin (yellow to red on the hair shaft. Most people around the world have dark brown to black hair. The ancestors of all non-Africans lived in Africa 60,000 years ago and they had dark brown to black hair.

    Europeans evolved from Central Asians who migrated out of Africa and settled in Central Asia. Europeans originally had dark colored hair and dark skin when they entered Europe 40,000 years ago. They evolved light skin because of the cold climate making them wear clothes, and the clothes blocked out the sun, giving them vitamin d shortage and rickets. To survive, their skin needed to be lighter colored to absorb uv light to make vitamin D. Light skin evolved fairly early because when some Europeans migrated back to the middle east 20,000 years ago, they already had light skin.but their hair was still dark. These people in the middle east then invented agriculture about 10,000 years ago. The abundance of food expanded their population, and some of them then migrated back to Europe. meanwhile the Europeans who stayed in Europe evolved lighter colored hair. When the Middle East farmers migrated back to Europe, they brought with them the domestication of sheep and other animals and of course agriculture with them.

    in fact many Europeans, especially those living in Greece and southern italy are actually more closely related to Arabs than to people in Britain and Scandinavia.

  • 10 months ago

    In Northern European populations, the occurrence of blond hair is common. A typical explanation found in the scientific literature for the evolution of light hair is related to the evolution of light skin, and in turn the requirement for vitamin D synthesis and northern Europe's seasonal less solar radiation. Lighter skin is due to a low concentration in pigmentation, thus allowing more sunlight to trigger the production of vitamin D. In this way, high frequencies of light hair in northern latitudes are a result of the light skin adaptation to lower levels of solar radiation, which reduces the prevalence of rickets caused by vitamin D deficiency.

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    No, ethnicity is not about genetics.

    and 5th generation white people in Americas, Africa, Australia and Asia are not european

  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    Yes. Scandinavians and Finns are more likely to be blonde than any other Europeans. Over 50% have fair/blonde hair. Germans often have fair-ish hair but are not as blonde as Scandinavians and many southern Germans are quite dark.

    Red hair is found more in the Celtic fringe than elsewhere, although it is rare even there, about 10-13%. It is the rarest hair colour. The most common hair colour in Celtic countries is dark brown.

    Dark to black hair tends to be  most common in the south but is found everywhere in Europe.

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