The Dark-Skinned Early Briton.
The likelihood is that dark skin in the climate and latitude of southern England would be unsuccessful as a dominant trait in the population of the time. Before farming was invented humans lived on the very edge of survival, so anything favourable to surviving up to breeding age (teenage) would be passed on as a helpful trait to the species and any unfavourable traits would be bred out of the population.
Dark skin protects from strong sunlight but does not encourage the absorption of vitamin D as pale skin does, so Cheddar man’s family under these conditions would likely result in contracting rickets with leg deformities, due to vitamin D deficiency. This would greatly hamper a hunter’s success in the field. With limited information about his contemporaries we can’t know how typical the blue eyed swarthy man was, although his DNA clearly remains a component of north-western Europeans. However when farming and cheese arrived on the scene dark skinned people could happily have survived under grey northern skies. Cheddar cheese arrived in the 12th century by the way.
Since at 10,000 years ago it was not long past the time of the recent ice age, you could still walk from Denmark across Doggerland to England. Mammoths would have just recently become extinct on your path but you might have encountered giant elk with formidable two meter wide antlers. There would have been pioneer travellers from the east exploring new living space on the western edge of Europe.
There were however earlier human residents in Britain at various sites so this guy is by no means the oldest Briton. There had been Neanderthals living in the caves at Cresswell in Derbyshire followed by modern humans who carved the walls there around 15,000 years ago in fact the last ice age was the first one which Homo sapiens heroically endured. Strangely Neanderthals, who seem to have been cold adapted, died out before the coldest episode began. The average annual temperature in Southern England 18,000 years ago was -3 Centigrade! (“Ice wedge formations” only occur at or below this temperature and I have seen a number of them locally in pits and quarries in Oxfordshire.)
For the record, The 'Red Lady' of Paviland in Goat cave on the Gower peninsular, near Swansea South Wales, is the red ochre coloured skeletal remains of what we now know to be young man who died about 33,000 years ago.
Cheddar man’s forebears appear to have come from the Near East. In Turkey at this time the Mesolithic nomads were building their remarkable sculptured temple like structures at Gobekli Tepe.
Thanks HB, once again you have given my education a boost !
Isn't it exciting though to discover more and more about our shared ancestry ? and it is good that we have now the skills to see through information that is not all that accurate !
This article reads too much in to the results of a DNA sample from just one individual, fascinating though the findings are, they do not define the DNA of the general populace, who at the time were probably only a few thousand, but many maybe of lighter skin. I just love though that this will upset the Britain First type nazis !
When I was a JW I would not have given this kind of thing much thought or attention, now I love to learn all about it !
Half Banana -
Excellent past, thank you. I wanted to keep reading but you stopped writing...!
Oh shit - Does this mean I'm descended from someone from Cheddar? Fuck....
And some comments from Daily Mail readers show many have not evolved very far at all.
Check out @Grumples_’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/Grumples_/status/961212982045892609?s=09
Don't you guys know anything! The only reason there are white people is because God ran out of color paint. LOL. Showing there is nothing special about being white. Still Totally ADD
Erratum, should anyone ever read this thread...the giant elk had antlers up to 3.65 meters wide or 12 feet.