publication . Article . 2005

European hair and eye color

Peter Frost;
Open Access
  • Published: 27 Sep 2005
Abstract
Human hair and eye color is unusually diverse in northern and eastern Europe. The many alleles involved (at least seven for hair color) and their independent origin over a short span of evolutionary time indicate some kind of selection. Sexual selection is particularly indicated because it is known to favor color traits and color polymorphisms. In addition, hair and eye color is most diverse in what used to be, when first peopled by hunter-gatherers, a unique ecozone of low-latitude continental tundra. This type of environment skews the operational sex ratio (OSR) of hunter-gatherers toward a male shortage in two ways: (1) men have to hunt highly mobile and spat...
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Medical Subject Headings: genetic structures
free text keywords: Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous), Experimental and Cognitive Psychology, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, Allele, Operational sex ratio, Polygyny, Biology, Demography, Eye color, Economic shortage, Sexual selection, Human mate selection, Ecozone, Ecology
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