Friday, January 19, 2007

Ginger nuts

I was going have a rant about Home Affairs (which I am finally done with, as of today) or about models and their lack of individualistic thinking ("Mom, who is my inspirational role model?" Quick note: if you're calling your mother to ask that, save us all the hassle and put down 'my mother')

But I'm not going rant. Instead I'm going to direct you, yet again, to a random internet link....

London - Red hair may be the genetic legacy of Neanderthals, according to a new study by British scientists.

Researchers at the John Radcliffe Institute of Molecular Medicine in Oxford were quoted by The Times as saying the so-called "ginger gene" which gives people red hair, fair skin and freckles could be up to 100 000 years old. They claim that their discovery points to the gene having originated in Neanderthal man who lived in Europe for 200 000 years before Homo sapien settlers, the ancestors of modern man, arrived from Africa about 40 000 years ago.

Rosalind Harding, the research team leader, told The Times: "The gene is certainly older than 50 000 years and it could be as old as 100 000 years.

"An explanation is that it comes from Neanderthals."

It is estimated that at least 10 percent of Scots have red hair and a further 40 percent carry the gene responsible, which could account for their once fearsome reputation as fighters.

Neanderthals have been characterised as migrant hunters and violent cannibals who probably ate most of their meat raw. They were taller and stockier than Homo sapiens, but with shorter limbs, bigger faces and noses, receding chins and low foreheads.

The two species overlapped for a period of time and the Oxford research appears to suggests that they must have successfully interbred for the "ginger gene" to survive. Neanderthals became extinct about 28 000 years ago, the last dying out in southern Spain and southwest France.

It's not news24.com by any means, but it is verified on wikipedia.com. So there you have it folks, Gingers are the missing link.

4 comments:

kop said...

Isn't your boyfriend ginger?

Anonymous said...

I would prefer it if we where referred to as the beginning of civilisation rather than the missing link - besides thats a bit rich coming from someone who looks like they just stepped out of the amazon

Koekie said...

Kop: why yes he is, thanks for asking. I love my Ginger.

Anon: Speaking of ginger... Hello my beloved. Thanks for finally deciding to throw in your 2-zim cents worth. Some people like them strong Amazon types. So there!

Peaches said...

Koeks, well if they came from the Netherlands then they are here to stay unfortunatly. Mix breeding with the chavs has resulted in a wide variety of Gin-G- Errrs everywhere you turm here. Strawberry Gingers, Flaming Sambuca Gingers, Wortel (is that a carrot or a veggie) Gingers, Chilli Gingers, All Gold Gingers, Baked beans Gingers. They.Are.Everywhere.You.Look.

You would be in window shopping heaven!!