History is cyclical. It moves like a pendulum, and that is why the wise men tell us not to be too arrogant about our present. And this is an advice that was missed by the too white, who thought they were too right because of their colour.
Using DNA examination and facial reconstruction, scientists have revealed the face of the first modern Briton, who lived around 300 generations ago. Called the Cheddar man, he is dark skinned with blue eyes and curly hair.
The discovery shows that the genes for fairer skin became widespread in European populations far later than originally thought. It also shows that the assumption that a place of origin is gauged from the skin colour is false at its earliest beginning.
Though the scientific discovery is groundbreaking in its own right, it provides great fodder for those who believed in evangelical superiority. Was not Britain’s claim to colonialism their colour and their race? They considered it White Man’s burden to civilise the uncivilised and to bully the barbaric races. Their whole proud history falls flat on a black face.
And it comes as no surprise that the twitterati has found an apt subject in the Cheddar man.
First modern Britons had ‘dark to black’ skin, Cheddar Man DNA analysis reveals https://t.co/QjKT5XbFYO
— Musa Wakanda (@Okwonga) February 7, 2018
Some are making fun of his curls.
The most shocking thing about Cheddar Man is that we now know humans were ‘rocking’ the mullet way before the Eighties. pic.twitter.com/jJx7vkeM1W
— Rebecca Rideal (@RebeccaRideal) February 7, 2018
And some are making a meal out of his name.
Me: *eats cheese straight from the fridge at 3am*
David Attenborough crouched behind the dishwasher: Cheddar Man forages mostly at night
— Gavin Logan (@tamewhale) February 7, 2018
Some are being very direct about the hilarity and irony of the Britons having a black ancestor.
BREAKING: A scientific reconstruction of stone age britons shows they had dark skin, and if you listen really carefully you can hear veins pop in racists heads all over the country.
— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) February 7, 2018
The English pride will need to have a reality check as the study also revealed that today only 10% of white British ancestry can be linked to this ancient population.The Cheddar Man seems to have a Middle Eastern origin. His ancestors would have left Africa, moved into the Middle East and later headed west into Europe, before eventually crossing the ancient land bridge called Doggerland which connected Britain to continental Europe.
Scientists believe that populations living in Europe became lighter-skinned over time because pale skin absorbs more sunlight, which is required to produce enough vitamin D.
If you feel that history can be laid to rest, the Cheddar Man has proved it wrong. The ghosts of past always come back to seek revenge, and this time it is on the racist atrocities of the English.
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