|Melanesia: Solomon Island girls (photo courtesy of the -cropped-Flickr- Australian Civil-Military Centre http://www.acmc.gov.au/)|
The Aborigines have dark skin. Some of them also have blonde hair which tends to be straight, but can be curly. Scientists first believed they were descendants of Eurasians. In 2011, scientists found evidence against the theory from a sample of natural hair. The sample of hair, which was said to be more than 100 years old, helped scientists determine that Aborigines were descendants of Africans. The New York Times confirmed this finding:
"The Aborigines are thus direct descendants of the first modern humans to leave Africa, without any genetic mixture from other races so far as can be seen at present. Their dark skin reflects an African origin and a migration and residence in latitudes near the equator, unlike Europeans and Asians whose ancestors gained the paler skin necessary for living in northern latitudes."
|Aboriginal Australian girls (photo courtesy of Flickr- Michael Coghlan (mikecogh) under CC BY-SA 2.0)|
|Melanesian (Vanuatu) boy (photo courtesy of Flickr- Graham Crumb) by CC BY-SA 2.0)|
Scientists are still debating on the cause of the blonde hair in Aborgines. Some of them say, the blonde hair is caused by mixing with Europeans during colonization. Others say it is due to a genetic mutation. I say, both the Melanesians and Aboriginal Australians are beautiful! I think it's nice to know that the Aborigines are descendants of Africans. It illustrates how many of us are spread all over the world. It also illustrates diversity.
What do you think?
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