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December 14th, 2009

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02:41 pm - One of those subjects...
...that I think I know about and then find out I've oversimplified: "Why Are Europeans White?" Or, as the author points out, the more correct phrasing: "Why northern Europeans are so oddly de-pigmented compared to everyone else on the globe."

The underlying essay (with more details and citations) is a good read, too: it also addresses a second puzzle, as to why Native American populations aren't as dark-skinned as are other populations from the same latitudes.

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Date:December 14th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
Wow! That was fascinating! Thanks for posting that.
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Date:December 14th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)

(Now I'm not "white", I'm "infantiley pigmented")
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Date:December 15th, 2009 12:34 am (UTC)
Was there ever any doubt?  :-)

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