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Old 03-27-2011, 11:45 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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No- they weren't white when they left Africa, but they took those genes with them. To get a good perspective on how natural selection and gene expression works, read "The Selfish Gene" by Richard Dawkins..
Is that true, or did "those genes" mutate from the ones they left with?

 
Old 03-28-2011, 04:43 AM
 
Location: Owasso, OK
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Is that true, or did "those genes" mutate from the ones they left with?
Hmmm. Now I don't know. That certainly is possible. DNA mutates at a regular rate. One base change can determine the outcome of the amino acid produced. I'm going to have to look that up! But, we've learned a lot through breeding canines. Have you seen the Fox experiment?
 
Old 03-29-2011, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Denver
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To answer the original question, I believe the whitest people are found in the far northern areas of Europe.

Northern Africans used to kick ass before losing on the technology side. They did considerable breeding in areas like Spain and Italy.

Yet, in spite of family rumors of a black ancestor, I will place the whiteness of my derrière up against....
 
Old 03-29-2011, 01:51 PM
 
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Outside of albinos, natural redheads are the Whitest people on earth. You won't find people like Rupert Grint at the beaches of the Meditterranean that's for damn sure. Unless they want to end up in the emergency room for skin burns.
 
Old 03-29-2011, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I could point out that an inability to adapt to sun is kind of a small genetic defect. In a way.
 
Old 03-30-2011, 09:18 AM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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^ What a biased post. Genetic mutability and the adaptation that follows is not a defect. Every living creature has mutations. Sometimes they're an advantage, as fair skin is when living in a climate with little sunlight. Most often they're inconsequential.
 
Old 03-30-2011, 09:21 AM
 
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I could point out that an inability to adapt to sun is kind of a small genetic defect. In a way.
Nope. Mutations are not "good" or "bad". They just are. If it increases an organisms fitness, then that organism survives long enough to reproduce and pass it's genes on to the next generation.
 
Old 03-31-2011, 06:06 AM
 
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If it increases an organisms fitness, then that organism survives long enough to reproduce and pass it's genes on to the next generation.
Only if it can attract a mate. Fortunately there are plenty of non-redheads like myself who are quite fond of redheads of the opposite gender. I doubt that trait will be one that dies out anytime soon.
 
Old 03-31-2011, 07:40 AM
 
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It would be interesting to do a social/demographic study comparing these hyper white and darkest blacks.
 
Old 03-31-2011, 06:42 PM
 
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It would be interesting to do a social/demographic study comparing these hyper white and darkest blacks.
What would be interesting about it?
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