DNA to Neandertals: Lighten up

By Bruce Bower, 15:58 PM April 15, 2008

Some Neandertals possessed a pigmentation gene in an inactivated form that would have produced pale skin and possibly even red hair, a new study indicates.

A team led by Carles Lalueza-Fox of the University of Barcelona analyzed DNA extracted from two Neandertal fossils, one from Italy and the other from Spain. The researchers scrutinized the melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R) gene, variants of which can yield light skin and red hair, especially in people of European descent.

The two Neandertals p...

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