DNA shows early Briton had dark skin

After deep scientific analysis scientists now know that a Briton from 10,000 years ago had dark brown skin and blue eyes.

The researchers from London’s Natural History Museum got the DNA from Britain’s oldest complete skeleton (Cheddar Man). Cheddar Man is a human male fossil found in Gough’s Cave in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, England. Subsequent examination has shown that the man was short by today’s standards – about 5ft 5in – and probably died in his early 20s. Using their subsequent genome analysis, they made a facial reconstruction (replica) of the man. This analysis shows that lighter skinned Europeans are only a relatively recent phenomenon. This new analysis provides valuable new insights into the first people to resettle Britain after the last Ice Age. The analysis of Cheddar Man’s genome will be published in a journal, and will also feature in the upcoming Channel 4 documentary The First Brit, Secrets Of The 10,000-year-old Man.


Report by Tom

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