According to new results from the DNA analysis of the Neolithic era’s Cheddar Man, Britain’s first modern inhabitants were “dark to black” skinned with dark curly hair and blue eyes.
Cheddar Man, a fossil discovered over a hundred years ago in Somerset, England, are the remains of an individual who lived shortly after the first settlers crossed from continental Europe to Britain following the last ice age.
It is reported that 10 percent of modern Britons are related to Cheddar Man. Britain was frequently settled during ice ages until the end of the last ice age about 11,700 years ago. It has since been continuously inhabited.
Cheddar Man, a hunter-gatherer, is known to have made sharp blades and using animal antlers to make harpoons and spears.
— HISTORY (@HISTORY) February 7, 2018
The DNA tests have revealed that Cheddar Man has ancestral links to the Middle East, which would suggest that his lineage left Africa, traveled into the Middle East and then headed to Western Europe. Today, about 10% of white British ancestry can be linked to this ancient population.
It has long been believed that Cheddar Man was white skinned and had fair hair, so the DNA results, which are polar opposite, have come as quite as a surprise. The revelation also infers that the genes for lighter skin emerged much more recently than previously thought.
News of Cheddar Man’s revised look comes just before a documentary to be aired in Britain and covering London Natural History Museum’s tracking of ancient DNA.
The analysis involved the drilling into ancient skull bones in order to extract genomes. Scientists located genes known to be tied to “skin color, hair color and texture, and eye color.” The results for skin tone showed a variety of traits, with Cheddar Man possessing ‘ancestral’ versions of all these traits. This suggests he had “dark to black” skin tone, but with blue eyes.
All we know is that Cheddar Man lacked two DNA markers associated with light skin. We cannot say for certain what his skin tone was. That is why the headlines that he had dark skin are an outright lie. They don't know that and can't confirm it. It's propaganda to demoralise us.
— PhilosophiCat (@Philosophi_Cat) February 8, 2018
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