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Anonymous asked in Social ScienceAnthropology · 2 months ago

if someone has natural blonde hair and blue eyes, do they most likely have germanic heritage?

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  • Kev
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    The ability to have blond hair and blue eyes is not just exclusive among Germanic people. They can also be found among other Europeans as well, even as far as Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and Middle East. The reason why Northern Europe has the highest percentage of blond hair and blue eyes is because the climate there, compared to other parts of Europe, tend to have longer duration of winter. During winter, people spend much time indoor, which reduces their exposure to sunlight. In order to absorb more benefits from the sunlight, such as acceleration of vitamin D formation, features with less pigmentation is favored, such as blond hair and blue eyes. 

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  • 1 month ago

    Actually, they have Neanderthal genes.

  • 1 month ago

    Not at all. Just look at the Tarim mummies

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    They're aryan (indo-european) traits. The ancestor of Aryans occupy Europe, North India, and Iran. Germanic people do seem to have kept these Aryan traits (maybe they're less mixed?). Any non-white who have these traits have an illness,  have a late execution of genes, or are mixed with whites. For example, there's a common claim online that Pacific Islanders have blond hair. That's partly true. Many Pacific Islanders are born with blond hair, but that hair does darken when they become adults. It's not that they have genetically blonde hair. Rather, it's that the traits for dark hair are postponed until later. 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    These traits can be passed along to people who are not Europeans. Some people in the Pacific Islands have independently evolved blonde hair, for example. Blond hair is the result of a lack of eumelanin on the hair. Eumelanin is dark brown to black, and gives people their hair and eye color. Similarly blue eyes is the result of a lack of eumelanin in the eye. The eye looks blue because the molecules in the eyes scatter blue light, much like air molecules in the sky scatter blue light. There is no blue pigment. Even the blue feathers of birds are the result of scattering of blue light by molecules in the feathers. Scientists call this structural coloration.

    Both blue eyes and blond hair are recessive traits. If, say, one African American carries this trait, and one Asian American carry this trait, their child can be blond haired and blue eyed. Some albino Africans also have blond hair and blue eyes. Since their inability to produce eumelanin turns their skin white, their hair blond and their eyes blue. Besides, not all Germanic people have blond hair or blue eyes.

    A more reliable way to determine the origin of someone's ancestry is to test their Y chromosome DNA (males) or their mitochondrial DNA (females). Y chromosomes are passed along from father to son, and it is not altered by interracial marriages. The Germanic tribes belong to the Y chromosome DNA haplogroup of I1, and scientists can trace the origin of this haplogroup to the Balkans (Bosnia, Serbia) of Europe. Scaninavians therefore have their closest relatives in the Balkans. Even though some of these people have also settled in Britain, Germany and France, most of the people from Britain France Germany and Spain belong to the Y chromosome haplogroup R1B. These people are known as Western Europeans. Their ancestors came from a small region in the Caucasus area. Some people with the R1B Y chromosome haplotype have also migrated to Africa, in the area of Chad. Skin, eye, and hair are not reliable ways to determine ancestral origin.

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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Not necessarily. Blonde hair and blue eyes are pretty common among slavic people

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  • 2 months ago

    anything is possible

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    No.  The greatest number of blonde-haired, blue-eyed people in the world are of Slavic heritage (i.e., the peoples of Eastern Europe, including Russia-- the peoples of region that includes and is adjacent to the Steppes of the Caucuses, the origins of "Caucasian" people, thus the name "Caucasian").

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  • 2 months ago

    Most blond-haired and blue-eyed people are of European ancestry, particularly Northern Europe. This could include Germanic people but they are certainly not exclusive to such physical traits.

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