Cheddar Man-First modern Briton who had dark skin

  • A joint project between Britain’s Natural History Museum and University College London has revealed that today’s’ white English man ‘s modern ancestress had a dark skin.
  • DNA analysis of the remains of a man, called ‘Cheddar Man’ who lived 10,000 years ago revealed that the first modern Briton had dark skin and blue eyes. 
  • The skeleton  came to be known as “Cheddar Man” after the area in southwest England where the remains were found in 1903. 
  • Researchers  drilled a 2mm hole into the skull and extracted bone powder for analysis and then the surprise emerged. Till now  Cheddar Man, had been portrayed as having brown eyes and light skin.
  • The findings of the analysis suggest that lighter pigmentation being a feature of populations of northern Europe is more recent than previously thought.

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