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Old 10-26-2012, 09:02 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Some caucasians have slanted eyes, not just Asians. Tends to be an eastern European thing. It's an adaptation to really cold weather.
If this were true, Swedes and Finns would have slanted eyes, but they don't.
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:57 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Colorblindness runs in our family. My Dad was cb, thus I passed it on to my son as it is x-linked I believe.
Gardener not sure if you are M or F, but if you are female and are color blind, that is very rare. I always thought that Females did not get colorblindness, but they carried the bad gene and passed it to their sons.

In doing research before I opened my mouth, I was only partially right, as females can be colorblind.


X-linked traits are maternally inherited from carrier mothers or from an affected father. Each son born to a carrier mother has a 50% probability of inheriting the X-chromosome carrying the mutant allele. There are a few Y-linked traits; these are inherited from the father.

Sex linkage - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 10-27-2012, 09:01 AM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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If this were true, Swedes and Finns would have slanted eyes, but they don't.
Try to exercise some perspective.

1. Swedes and Finns are not eastern Europeans.

2. Not every cold adapted population experienced this characteristic. Witness almost all whites, who have fair skin and straight hair, also cold adaptations, don't have slanted eyes.
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Old 10-28-2012, 10:40 PM
 
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If this were true, Swedes and Finns would have slanted eyes, but they don't.
There are some Finns who do have slanted eyes.
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Old 10-29-2012, 11:13 AM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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^ Yes. And the coldest places humans live in are in the northern hemisphere. In both the Americas and Eurasia, the further north people live the more they are likely to have slanted eyes. The Eskimos and Inuits in the North America, the Siberians in Asia. Among Caucasians living in the coldest places the adaptation is less consistent than in Asians. So much so that many Asians living in warmer climates retain the adaptation. It's said to protect the eyes from glare off of snow. If you've been outside in snow for very long without sunglasses, you know how uncomfortable that can be.
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:29 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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In our family, I got every "dark" gene and my brother got every "light" gene. I have very dark eyes, dark brows and lashes, and of course a head full of dark, curly, coarse hair. My skin is not dark but has a lot of "color" to it if that makes sense. My overall coloring is pretty dramatic.

My brother got light skin, straight sandy brown hair, and hazel eyes. To be honest, he looks like he's the same color from his head to his toes! We do not even look like we're related, but we both look like different common ancestors.

A few years ago, we found photos of relatives who had come over in the 1800s from somewhere in Europe and changed their name upon arrival. They said they were from Switzerland, but they look for all the world like gypsies. Whatever they are, they sure are very dark skinned, dark eyed and dark haired. They don't look Italian - more like Greek, but not quite, if that makes sense. They look wild eyed and somehow untamed - every last one of them. As soon as we found the photos, my dad said, "Look, here are your people! This is where your eyes and hair came from!"

I have often wondered if they were indeed gypsies.
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Old 11-04-2012, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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My husband and son have spoon nails. It's a sex-linked genetic marker of my husband's father's family. Fortunately, it IS sex-linked, which means our daughter doesn't have it.

On the other hand, we have a wonderful photo of our daughter, one of the best photos we have of her, when she was about 17. Except that it's NOT a photo of our daughter, it's a photo of her paternal grandmother at that age.

People constantly tell me, however, that that same daughter looks just like me - and my mother-in-law and I didn't resemble each other at all.

It's a puzzle.
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Norfolk, Virginia, USA
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I've had a pure white streak in my hair for as long as I can remember. Both my mom and grandmother also have it. I have very vivid pale turqoisey green eyes. Most people in my fam. have blue eyes. My dad and paternal cousin also have very green eyes. I think we're the only three that I know of. Oh and I have three rows of eyelashes. It doesn't look weird or anything just very thick. Pretty sure I'm the only one in the fam. with that trait. I just heard it's really rare and apparently a "condition" which concerned me a little, but i'm 26 and nothing bad has happened yet so whatev.
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:30 PM
 
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Some caucasians have slanted eyes, not just Asians. Tends to be an eastern European thing. That doesn't mean all eastern Europeans have the feature though. The further east you go as Caucasians meet Siberians and other groups, the more likely that feature is. As far as the Europeans are concerned, they can be blond and blue eyed, but those blue eyes may be slanted. It's an adaptation to really cold weather.
Both my sister and I have almond shaped eyes and I have been asked many times over my 60 years if I were Japanese. In looking at old family pictures, I see that the trait does come from my German (now Polish land) ancestors. I think trading on the Silk Road from China may be the source.
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Old 11-21-2012, 03:30 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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Both my sister and I have almond shaped eyes and I have been asked many times over my 60 years if I were Japanese. In looking at old family pictures, I see that the trait does come from my German (now Polish land) ancestors. I think trading on the Silk Road from China may be the source.
An autosomal DNA test could tell you what amount, if any, Asian genes you may have.
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