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Is this the first man with blue eyes?
Daily Mail ^ | 1-26-14 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER

Posted on 01/26/2014 9:44:28 PM PST by Pharmboy

Full headline: Is this the first man with blue eyes? Experts astonished that 7,000-year-old DNA reveals caveman with African and European genes Remains discovered 5000ft up mountains of north-west Spain

Findings suggest racial transformation happened later than thought

Man, dubbed La Brana 1, also shows similarity to Scandinavian DNA

His piercing blue eyes are in striking contrast to his dark complexion and hair. It means this 7,000-year-old caveman holds the clue to man’s genetic evolution. His remains were discovered 5,000ft up in the mountains of north-west Spain in 2006. Experts were astonished to find the ancient hunter-gatherer, given the name La Brana 1, had a combination of African and European genes. Results from an analysis of DNA taken from a tooth show he had dark – possibly black – hair and skin with deep blue eyes, the online edition of the journal Nature reports. The mixture of African and European traits implies that the racial transformation of modern humans was still in progress long after they left Africa, with changes in eye colour coming before alterations in skin tone. Study leader Professor Carles Lalueza-Fox, of the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in Barcelona, said: ‘The biggest surprise was to discover that this individual possessed African versions in the genes that determine the light pigmentation of the current Europeans. 'Even more surprising was to find that he possessed the genetic variations that produce blue eyes.’ La Brana 1 shows genetic similarities to Scandinavians and also shared a common ancestor with people who lived in Siberia more than 20,000 years ago.

Genetic clues: The Stone Age caveman had black hair, dark skin and blue eyes contrary to given understanding of racial transformation

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: europeanhumans; godsgravesglyphs; helixmakemineadouble; humanevolution; multiregionalism; neandertal; neandertals; neanderthal; neanderthals
Of interest. And click through to site for more pics.
1 posted on 01/26/2014 9:44:29 PM PST by Pharmboy
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To: neverdem; blam; SunkenCiv

Blue-eyed ping...


2 posted on 01/26/2014 9:45:13 PM PST by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Pharmboy; SunkenCiv

Ping.


3 posted on 01/26/2014 9:45:55 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Pharmboy
His dreams weren't as empty as his conscience seems to be.
4 posted on 01/26/2014 9:51:03 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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The devil had blue eyes... /s


5 posted on 01/26/2014 9:54:14 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: TigersEye

Beat me to it.


6 posted on 01/26/2014 9:57:11 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Pharmboy

7 posted on 01/26/2014 9:59:50 PM PST by Bratch
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To: Pharmboy

I didn’t realize that there was a “piercing blue eyes” gene


8 posted on 01/26/2014 10:00:17 PM PST by Cyman (We have to pass it to see what's in it= definition of stool sample)
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To: TigersEye; Pharmboy

Who? Nice!

Ok, questions: I saw this posted by my lefty friend over on facebook (I don’t know but somehow it meant that creationists were racists or something - i don’t engage with him on these issues - I just like his puppy/kitty/music posts.)

But how does anyone know what color this guy’s eyes or skin were, from looking at his ancient bones?


9 posted on 01/26/2014 10:01:01 PM PST by jocon307
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To: Pharmboy

I am not sure how one would advance such a scientific thesis without getting laughed at.

One body, one set of blue-eye genes. What are the odds, if some early person had the first ones, of actually finding the body of that person?


10 posted on 01/26/2014 10:02:36 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar for you if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: dfwgator
Did he have a very deep and hypnotizing voice?


11 posted on 01/26/2014 10:02:49 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: jocon307

They know, within a degree of certainty, from looking at his genes not his bones.


12 posted on 01/26/2014 10:04:04 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Pharmboy

Gerard Butler... just sayin'...

13 posted on 01/26/2014 10:05:36 PM PST by DoughtyOne (ZERO is still zero, and John Kerry is a mock-puppet!)
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To: Pharmboy

Newman..he had the best blue eyes in the world.


14 posted on 01/26/2014 10:19:01 PM PST by berdie
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To: DoughtyOne

He looks like the guy who played Attila the Hun.


15 posted on 01/26/2014 10:20:16 PM PST by virgil
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To: SunkenCiv

Blue-eyed black man, 7,000 years old, with Siberian DNA connections found 5000’ up in the mountains of northwest Spain.

PING - already gave it the godsgravesglyphs codeword.


16 posted on 01/26/2014 10:21:44 PM PST by SatinDoll (A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN IS BORN IN THE USA OF USA CITIZEN PARENTS)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I was thinking that too. Could just be a person who had a Scandinavian parent and an African parent.


17 posted on 01/26/2014 10:25:30 PM PST by Ray76 (How modern liberals think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c)
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To: Revolting cat!

18 posted on 01/26/2014 10:27:28 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: jocon307
It's a little odd that your lefty friend is using this article to call Creationists racists since it comes from the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in Barcelona. More the mainstream ivory tower type of scientists. You know ... liberals.
19 posted on 01/26/2014 10:35:02 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: virgil

He did play in one of those period rolls, but I’m not sure if he did play the roll of Attila the Hun or not.


20 posted on 01/26/2014 10:51:47 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Obama, the Islamic answer to how the U. S. would be ruled by an Islamic Cleric.)
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To: berdie

“Newman..he had the best blue eyes in the world.”

Well, equal to him, and Newman did have beautiful blue eyes, were Peter O’Toole’s ice blue eyes. As an aside, Gerard Butler is an exceedingly nice looking man with beautiful eyes also.


21 posted on 01/26/2014 11:07:00 PM PST by flaglady47 (Proud Conservative Republican)
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To: Pharmboy
Hmmmmm.

My whole family on all sides have bright blue eyes.
But, I've Never Been To Spain

22 posted on 01/26/2014 11:08:16 PM PST by blam
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To: DoughtyOne

“He did play in one of those period rolls, but I’m not sure if he did play the roll of Attila the Hun or not.”

Yes, Gerard Butler did play Attila the Hun, and did a great job of it. He also sings and had a band. He starred in the movie version of Phantom of the Opera also (he was the Phantom). He sings very well.


23 posted on 01/26/2014 11:15:56 PM PST by flaglady47 (Proud Conservative Republican)
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To: TigersEye
Or ... he could be a Fremen .....


24 posted on 01/26/2014 11:58:01 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Ray76
I was thinking that too. Could just be a person who had a Scandinavian parent and an African parent.

The Iberian Peninsula is a logical meeting-place for darker-skinned Africans and European types. This was, after all, only around 7,000 years ago.

25 posted on 01/27/2014 12:03:53 AM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Pharmboy

The more we think we know, the more we know we DON’T know.


26 posted on 01/27/2014 12:40:59 AM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners. And to the NSA trolls, FU)
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To: Pharmboy

People have always been portable. It is not surprising that race mixing was around thousands of years ago. But a one-corpse sample is too small from which to draw an overall conclusion.


27 posted on 01/27/2014 1:41:06 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Pharmboy

Seems those brutish cavemen always had dark skin while the more “developed” man was fair of skin and fine of feature.

But baby blues?


28 posted on 01/27/2014 2:31:36 AM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: Ray76

Or maybe he was simply a result of natural gene mutation caused by early exposure to gamma radiation from a spider bite. Or am I getting the Hulk and the X-Men and Spiderman combined and then flipped backwards in time by H. G. Wells? I can truthfully say that my explanation has a degree of scientific merit un-matched by everything else I’ve read.


29 posted on 01/27/2014 3:59:41 AM PST by Pecos (The Chicago Way: Kill the Constitution, one step at a time.)
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To: TigersEye

“...from looking at his genes not his bones.”

Ah Ha! Ok, that makes sense, thank you.


30 posted on 01/27/2014 4:32:12 AM PST by jocon307
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To: TigersEye

Yeah, I’m not really sure what he was driving at either. Politically he’s really a dope. I don’t remember him being that way years ago, but we probably never talked about politics in our 20s.


31 posted on 01/27/2014 4:34:18 AM PST by jocon307
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To: Pharmboy; Theoria; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...
Thanks Pharmboy. Additional:

32 posted on 01/27/2014 4:47:31 PM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Really ya’ll, the important question, the BURNING
question is did he have a gay gene??? /s


33 posted on 01/27/2014 4:50:44 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

It was literary license meant in a metaphorical sense — he was among the first, or his tribe was among the first.


34 posted on 01/27/2014 5:59:13 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: jocon307

It states right in the article that they tested intact DNA from the guy’s tooth and he had the genetic markers for blue eyes.

Liberals are dense.


35 posted on 01/27/2014 7:21:04 PM PST by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: Jet Jaguar; SatinDoll

Thanks for the pings.


36 posted on 01/27/2014 7:36:17 PM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv

You’re welcome.

He isn’t the first man with blue eyes. That gene is around 40,000 years old.


37 posted on 01/27/2014 8:15:48 PM PST by SatinDoll (A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN IS BORN IN THE USA OF USA CITIZEN PARENTS)
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To: berdie

Newman had beautiful blue eyes, but Pope John Paul II had the bluest, most piercing, eyes I’ve ever seen. His eyes were kindly, but they looked right into your heart.


38 posted on 01/27/2014 8:51:32 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: flaglady47

Thank you FlagLady47. I appreciate the mention.


39 posted on 01/27/2014 10:10:43 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Obama, the Islamic answer to how the U. S. would be ruled by an Islamic Cleric.)
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To: Cyman

I didn’t realize that there was a “piercing blue eyes” gene

&&&
I was wondering about that, as well....


40 posted on 01/28/2014 1:40:50 PM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: berdie

Newman..he had the best blue eyes in the world.

***
Ah, you never met any of my relatives. My mother’s were the best.


41 posted on 01/28/2014 1:44:17 PM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: a fool in paradise
Don't forget!


42 posted on 01/28/2014 1:47:55 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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