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Old 05-08-2018, 10:34 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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An indication of Sub-Saharan African ancestry?
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Old 05-08-2018, 11:36 PM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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I don’t know, when I was a kid I had completely straight hair, then, from my late teens to my early 20s I had completely Afro soft, tight, naturally curly (Mike Brady, of the Brady Bunch) hair. And then by my 30s my hair straightened out again, and slowly became gray, and I never could dance very well.

What does that mean?
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Old 05-09-2018, 01:27 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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Not necessarily. Hair textures vary the world over.
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Old 05-09-2018, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Laurentia
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No, it doesn't point to any particular ancestry.

My sister has very curly hair, my brother's is mostly straight with a few waves, and mine is wavy.

Genetically I am:

Scandinavian-58%
Ireland-15%
Great Britain-14%
Finland-7%
European Jewish-3%

My hair is light reddish brown, both of my siblings have dark reddish brown hair.

My mom has slightly wavy hair and my dad has very wavy hair.
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Old 05-09-2018, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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No, I lived in England for 8 years and knew a woman who was entirely English (I helped do her family tree) and her skin was super pale and burned after 10 mins in the sun. She had kinky, almost "afro" like hair. I don't know why people have this idea that certain physical features like this are only found in or originated from one part of the world, but it's not really true.
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Old 05-09-2018, 07:57 PM
 
Location: the heart is!
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White people with naturally really curly hair

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An indication of Sub-Saharan African ancestry?
I am of Northern European ancestry and my husband is of Southern European ancestry so for our children no, not in our case.

As a baby my youngest daughter had little blonde ringlets, fast forward to kindergarten through about 6th-7th grade wavy-curly. Age 13 through adulthood it is really curly and sometimes people do ask her if she is Puerto Rican or 'mixed'.

My hair is curly as is my husband's and our other children's hair as well, but nothing like hers.
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Old 05-09-2018, 09:24 PM
 
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An indication of Sub-Saharan African ancestry?
Technically, isn't Sub-Saharan Africa where we "all" came from?

Almost all living people outside of Africa trace back to a single migration more than 50,000 years ago
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Old 05-10-2018, 04:21 AM
 
Location: Oroville, California
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Not necessarily. Europeans run the gamut in physical features. Fair, medium, dark complexion. Brown, hazel, green and blue eyes. Black, brown, blond and red hair (with all the shades in between). Plus all kinds of hair textures from straight to very curly.
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Old 05-10-2018, 07:49 AM
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Sub-Saharan African ancestry in genetic terms indicates recent Sub-Saharan African ancestry. It doesn't refer to the migration you are referring to there is evidence also that the population that migrated wasn't sub-Saharan and was a distinct genetic population that had split off quite a bit before that 50,000 year time frame you mention. I suspect though they weren't completely isolated being hunter gatherers and mobile.
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Old 05-11-2018, 05:41 AM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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No. I have curly/wavy thick hair. A black friend told me she never knew a white girl with hair like mine.

I'm 52% British isles, 44% Scandinavian, 2% Irish, and the rest smidges of Finnish and Asia minor.
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