The first Britons were actually had dark brown to black skin, dark curly hair with blue eyes, a new analysis has revealed. Researchers have discovered a DNA sample from a 10,000-year-old skeleton in Gough Cave near Cheddar Gorge, England.
This research was done by the scientists from the London’s Natural History Museum. The research reveals that whiteness in Europe is actually a new thing than we thought. The genome of the cheddar man reveals that the first people did not develop any white skin until 14 thousands of years ago when they migrated to Europe.
University College London researchers have extracted the DNA sample from this skeleton and the researchers have used pioneering genetic sequencing for facial reconstruction. As per the analysis, scientists have proved that the first people would have had a darker complexion with blue eyes and dark, curly hair.
Researchers called this 10,000-year-old skeleton as Cheddar Man. The name of the cheddar came from where he was found. The Cheddar Man was one of the hunter-gatherers during the Mesolithic period. Dr. Tom Booth, an archaeologist from the Natural History Museum in London, said that we can not make any assumptions about the colour of the first people based on their present look.
Prof Chris Stringer, the museum’s research leader in human origins, said that he has been studying about the skeleton of Cheddar Man for about 40 years. Researchers from The Natural History Museum extracted DNA sample from the cheddar’s man skull near the ear known as the petrous.
The DNA sample which is extracted from cheddar man’s bone dust helps them to reconstruct the shape of the cheddar man’s face and colour of his eyes, skin and hair.
The team reconstructing the shape of the face with a 3D printer based on the shape of the skull. The reconstructed dust shows that looks wise the early man similar to Paleolithic Africans.