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DNA Tests Reveal First British Person Was Black

DNA Tests Reveal First British Person Was Black
A full face reconstruction model made from the skull of a 10,000 year old man known as "Cheddar Man," Britain's oldest complete skeleton, is pictured during a press preview at the National History Museum in London on Feb. 6, 2018. (Justin Tallis/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 07 February 2018 12:42 PM

State-of-the-art DNA testing on an ancient skeleton has revealed that the first person known to have lived in Britain had dark skin and blue eyes.

The bombshell discovery by London's Natural History Museum came following tests on the 10,000-year-old skeleton known as "Cheddar Man," which was discovered at Gough's Cave in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, in 1903.

It blows apart the long-held belief that the earliest Britons had lighter skin.

"Until recently it was always assumed that humans quickly adapted to have paler skin after entering Europe about 45,000 years ago," Tom Booth, a postdoctoral researcher, said in an article published by the museum.

"Pale skin is better at absorbing UV light and helps humans avoid vitamin D deficiency in climates with less sunlight."

But Cheddar Man has genetic markers of skin pigmentation associated with sub-Saharan Africa.

"He is just one person, but also indicative of the population of Europe at the time. They had dark skin and most of them had pale colored eyes, either blue or green, and dark brown hair. Cheddar Man subverts people's expectations of what kinds of genetic traits go together," Booth said.

"He reminds us that you can't make assumptions about what people looked like in the past based on what people look like in the present, and that the pairings of features we are used to seeing today aren't something that's fixed."

The Cheddar Man is currently on display in the museum's Human Evolution gallery.

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