Emily Pritchard: Scotland's weather and ginger hair are linked says genetics student
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Scottish women are representatives of the ancient, proud and independent people. They are heirs of the glorified Vikings and Celts and with pride show such relationship even by their appearance. Typical an image of the Scottish woman is the blond or red-haired woman with light skin and eyes, quiet and judicious. But appearance of representatives of Scotland can be also more various that show a beautiful Scottish women : actresses, models, singers. See also: Top-8 Handsome Scottish Men. The relationship with the ancient Celts and the Vikings could not affect the appearance of Scots, it is shown in features, in color a hair and an eye.
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Scotland's notoriously dreadful weather and the fact so many of its countrymen have ginger hair could be linked, a genetics student has claimed. People with red hair and fair complexions are more likely to survive in areas where the summers are short and cool and the winter nights are long, Emily Pritchard said. Ms Pritchard conceded her weather-based theory 'was speculation rather than scientific study, but it is plausible'. While redheads amount to per cent of the European population, an estimated 8 per cent of Scots and Irish are ginger. Human beings probably developed in Africa between one and two million years ago, but red never only appeared once they had settled in the cooler climates of Europe, possibly as recently as 20, years ago.
Red hair or ginger hair occurs naturally in one to two percent of the human population , appearing with greater frequency two to six percent among people of Northern or Northwestern European ancestry and lesser frequency in other populations. It is most common in individuals homozygous for a recessive allele on chromosome 16 that produces an altered version of the MC1R protein. Red hair varies in hue from a deep burgundy or bright copper , or auburn , to burnt orange or red-orange to strawberry blond.