31 January 2008

Practically everyone with blue eyes is descended from a single, common ancestor who lived 6 000-10 000 years ago perhaps in the north west region of the Black Sea.

You can read the research report of 3 January 2008 by Hans Eiberg et al in Human genetics here and an article in today’s Independent here.

Look back at the post about the milk gene shared by most Cornish and English people. Now there’s the blue eyes mutation. Practically everyone in England and Cornwall who has blue eyes is biologically recently related whether they call themselves Anglo-Saxon or Celt or English or Cornish or British or…

Oh and here’s some other research about blue eyes. This post goes back to the beginning of our species of anatomically modern humans. One origin for us all.