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Old 07-02-2015, 03:41 PM
 
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When it comes to features like hair and skin colour etc. it seems that many countries have people of lighter complexion being more common in the north and for the south it's the opposite(And the climate isn't much different so I doubt it could be that). This pattern goes through several continents even. Also in a lot of cases the north is more rich and advanced as well. I was just curious about this.
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Old 07-02-2015, 04:08 PM
 
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So you're saying the climate is about the same along the equator as it is in Norway (for example)?
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Old 07-02-2015, 04:15 PM
 
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So you're saying the climate is about the same along the equator as it is in Norway (for example)?
Here's one example: Germany's climate is generally the same throughout but darker hair and eyes are more prevelant in the south.
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Old 07-02-2015, 04:46 PM
 
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Old 07-02-2015, 08:14 PM
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People in the south are likely to mate with people across the border to the south and people of the north are likely to mate with people across the border to the north. So their children take on some of the characteristics of the neighboring countries.

Colder climates provide a more comfortable climate for being industrious than hotter climates. Also less diseases to contend with. Even though air conditioning has equalized this in recent years, economic environments/practices/attitudes were established over hundreds/thousands of years.
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Old 07-03-2015, 08:35 AM
 
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Vitamin D is important to health processes. The body produces it while being exposed to sunlight, and the only other way to get an appreciable amount naturally is too eat a lot of meat from polar dwelling animals, The closer you get the equator the more cloudless days you have so vitamin D can be produced easily while skin cancer becomes a greater concern so over time environmental factors influence the population into becoming darker skinned. Comversely, the farther you go towards the poles the more cloudy days you have and thus the need to maximize vitamin D production outweighs the risks of skin cancer and environmental factors influence the population into becoming lighter skinned.

That is the general feeling among scientists. Since most of mankind lives in the northern hemisphere for most of us it will appear that in any large country skin color will get darker as you go south.
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Old 07-10-2015, 10:09 PM
 
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I disagree with that map. It shows that the Eskimos (Inuits) and Aleuts, and indigenous people of Capetown Africa....have skin colors comparable to people of France and central Europe ? That can't be true. (All these regions are shaded in pink).

And how could Lakota/ Sioux Indians of the Dakotas, be TWO shades lighter than the Mexican Aztecs/ Mayas - or the Florida Seminoles? I have been to both these places. It seems to me, they all have brown skin and should all be labeled as the same zone.

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Old 07-10-2015, 10:49 PM
 
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I disagree with that map. It shows that the Eskimos (Inuits) and Aleuts, and indigenous people of Capetown Africa....have skin colors comparable to people of France and central Europe ? That can't be true. (All these regions are shaded in pink).
Good observation. There is no way that the map is right. There is a color blind map maker on the loose.
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Old 07-11-2015, 02:19 PM
 
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When it comes to features like hair and skin colour etc. it seems that many countries have people of lighter complexion being more common in the north and for the south it's the opposite(And the climate isn't much different so I doubt it could be that). This pattern goes through several continents even. Also in a lot of cases the north is more rich and advanced as well. I was just curious about this.
Some examples, please. There are very few nations large enough to span many climate zones under one national boundary.

And there are very few nations that have not undergone many periods of immigration from other places.

Genetically, blonde and blue-eyed are both recessive genetic traits.
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Old 07-13-2015, 01:06 PM
 
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Good observation. There is no way that the map is right. There is a color blind map maker on the loose.
It illustrative not a definitive example.
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