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First Britons had dark skin, DNA ear scraps found in 10,000 year-old ‘Cheddar Man’ reveal

| | February 12, 2018

The earliest Britons were black-skinned, with dark curly hair and possibly blue eyes, new analysis of a 10,000-year-old Somerset skeleton has revealed.

The groundbreaking discovery was made in a “stroke of luck” after archeologists found scraps of DNA in the ear of the Mesolithic “Cheddar Man”, the oldest complete skeleton ever found in the UK and one of the museum’s most treasured specimens.

The results show, contrary to popular belief, that the founding generations of Britons owed more in appearance to Paleolithic Africans, from whom all humans descend. Scientists said they show that commonly understood racial categories are historically only “recent constructions”.

Archeologists already knew Cheddar Man was about five foot five inches tall, around 10 stone with good teeth and that he died in his early 20s. But genetic sequencing that would have been impossible just ten years ago have now allowed them to determine the colour of its skin, eyes, and hair.

“The combination of quite dark skin and blue eyes is something that we don’t imagine is typical, but that was the real appearance of these people, something that’s quite rare today,” said Professor Chris Stringer, research leader in human origins at the Natural History Museum.

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6 thoughts on “First Britons had dark skin, DNA ear scraps found in 10,000 year-old ‘Cheddar Man’ reveal”

  1. Doesn’t the Cheddar Man have living relatives in the area today who are all typically white British natives though?

    I think we might be rushing to ascribe dark skin to black skin…even the ancient Britons in some tribes during Roman times were mistaken for Basques because they were so “dark”…yet at the same time the Romans also described pale red haired people and lanky blonde types.

      • Indeed they can somewhat.

        But then consider that the parts of your brain that can recognise hierarchy and dominance in other creatures are older than the parts of your brain that can recognise trees…because they were there before trees evolved.

        Levels of melanin in the skin are not major things – assuming this Cheddar man was darker skinned his descendants are not anyway – they still exist and are as pale as the other native Britons.

        We are also assuming a LOT from one find. If we find thousands of Cheddar men with dark skin we can safely say the ancestors of modern Britons were darker skinned but still had their unique mitochondrial markers that allow us to trace modern Britons to them…they are not dark in the sub-saharan African sense of the word not related (no more than any other unique group of humans is related to another)

        But this isn’t really about human genetics anyway. It’s about arguing for there being no native Britons and pushing the agenda of mass immigration upon them…the great replacement.

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