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White Europeans 'only evolved 5,500 years ago after food habits changed'
By Daily Mail Reporter UPDATED: 08:58 EST, 31 August 2009

58 View comments People in England may have only developed pale skin within the last 5,500 years, according to new research. Scientists believe that a sudden change in the diet around that time from hunter-gathering to farming may have led to a dramatic change in skin tone to make up for a lack of vitamin D. Farmed food is lacking in vitamin D and while humans can produce it when exposed to the ultraviolet light in sunlight darker skin is far less efficient at it.

People with pale skin may be descended from Europeans who dramatically changed their diets after switching from hunter-gathering to farming

Scientists at the University of Oslo believe this change in diet may have led to our dark-skinned ancestors evolving paler skin to overcome this problem. The link between skin colour and Vitamin D from sunlight has been suggested before. It had previously been believed that our ancestors’ skin had gradually lightened to generate more Vitamin D the further north they moved away from the equator to places where there was less sunlight. Now scientists believe that the change in their diet away from foods rich in Vitamin D also played a major factor in the skin lightening in colour. And the particularly pale skins of people in Scandinavia may have evolved to maximise the amount of Vitamin D that could be produced, the research suggests. If the theory is correct it would mean that until this period in history, the ancient inhabitants of Britain and Scandinavia - our ancestors - would have had a dark skin tone. Johan Moan, of the university's Institute of Physics, said in a research paper: ‘In England, from 5,500-5,200 years ago the food changed rapidly away from fish as an important food source. This led to a rapid development of ... light skin.’ The research paper, written with Richard Setlow, a biophysicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York state, states : ‘Cold
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Milk and a few other foods such as fatty fish are fortified with vitamin D but most people get very little through their diets. bone problems.S found that nearly half of African American women of childbearing age may be deficient in vitamin D. type 1 diabetes. ‘Agricultural food was an insufficient source of vitamin D. and even multiple sclerosis. A lack of Vitamin D has been linked with cancers.White Europeans 'only evolved 5. One recent study in the U.500 years ago after food habits changed' | Mail Online 10/29/13 1:46 PM climates and high latitudes would speed up the need for skin lightening.uk/sciencetech/article-1210056/White-Europeans-evolved-5-500-years-ago-food-habits-changed. But research has shown that sun-protective skin pigments in black children means that it takes up four times as long for the skin to produce enough of the vitamin.co. MOST WATCHED NEWS VIDEOS Previous 1 2 3 4 Next Surfer Carlos Burle rides colossal wave in Portugal Asian man is beaten for 'talking to employer's wife' Miss Bumbum Brazil 2013 promotional trailer Joggers freak out as spooky skeleton haunts them in prank WATCH: The hilarious rediscovered Star Wars blooper reel Sneaky! Sea lion steals fisherman's PRIZE fish http://www.html?printingPage=true Page 2 of 8 .dailymail. and solar radiation was too low to produce enough vitamin D in dark skin.’ Children with fair skins are able to get their daily dose of Vitamin D with just 10 to 20 minutes in the sun.

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4 years ago Whatever next. Rotterdam. butter and cheese for over 5. 14 60 Click to rate Sabina Newson. England.. London.000 years ago . skin tone is such a small indicator on the DNA scale of WHO we are that it really should be ignored. Who the heck cares if white skin evolved 1000 years ago instead? Or if straight hair evolved 2000 years ago? Or if beaked noses showed up last week? They're only physical features for crying out loud. They won't need to be as white as me in order to create more vitamin D as there is more sunshine up there. no matter who you are.dailymail.000 years before they grew wheat etc. I bet someone will say we were created by a an unseen being who guides us in our everyday living. Comments (58) Share what you think Newest Oldest Best rated Worst rated View all Michael.000 years ago ) to around 10.500 years ago after food habits changed' | Mail Online 10/29/13 1:46 PM Terrifying moment surfers took on one of biggest waves to.html?printingPage=true Page 5 of 8 . and we make http://www. then I feel sorry for you. It's not a reflection of white peoples' worth as human beings. But it's the first thing we see. 4 years ago @ Fred Kite. Those of you who see downgrading in all this baffle me completely. But. Los Angeles.. Europeans had already been getting Vitamin D in milk. it simply hasn't been long enough for them to change their skin tone. butter and cheese. 4 years ago I don't see why the majority here view this article as an insult. And as for the rest of the questions about why black people don't seem to be lightening in America etc. I would suspect their skin is darker to accommodate this sunshine and brilliant radiance. Therefore the idea that only when europeans grew wheat were they capable of getting enough Vitaim D from sources other than sunlight is total nonsense. The Netherlands. Therefore the theory that the change from fish to farming wheat as part of the great agricultural leap forward led to white skin is undermined by just two important facts: The first Great Leap Forward in relation to Vitamin D production was nothing to do with agriculture. but when the domestication of cattle occured.500 years ago.and at that point the milk produced by cattle allowed Vitamin D to be ingested via milk. The Netherlands. Birmingham. far better producers of Vitamin D than agricultural foodstuffs. CA. Those who live north of the Arctic Circle have to contend with very bright sunlight glaring off the snow. Hertfordshire. 16 16 Click to rate Patrick Harris. rather than what you've accomplished with your life. forgot to add: and hot cross buns toasted and buttered! Yum Yum! 15 3 Click to rate Erik.co. 4 years ago The domestication of cattle began in Europe. 4 years ago If your entire self-concept is based around your skin tone and where it comes from. which is widely believed to have been in the Neolithic ( about 15. the point is. Rotterdam. Surrey. The domestication of cattle occured nearly 12.White Europeans 'only evolved 5. 15 22 Click to rate Mairie. Notts. They had to come from somewhere. 4 years ago Erik. 34 56 Click to rate Norm De Plume.uk/sciencetech/article-1210056/White-Europeans-evolved-5-500-years-ago-food-habits-changed.

and works . How it must torment them to think that darker skin races may have been their ancestors ! As my husband always says . Smurfs etc ! were just people 15 32 Click to rate David Hearn.html?printingPage=true Page 6 of 8 Follow @MailOnline . Who is this week's top commenter? Find out now Like MailOnline Today's headlines Most Read Ash-tonishing! Photographer captures the incredible power and destruction caused by Russia's highest volcanoes as they erupt Forget Google Glass . 4 years ago Im surprised by how many commenst there are asking whether that makes us whites more advanced or not and the awnser is OR COURSE NOT further evolution doesnt mean more advanced it just means more adapted to where we live! Black. Are whites.uk/sciencetech/article-1210056/White-Europeans-evolved-5-500-years-ago-food-habits-changed. UK. The paranoid ramblings of some of the previous posters about the 'lberal elite' etc just show how deluded these people are.500 years ago after food habits changed' | Mail Online 10/29/13 1:46 PM judgements based on it. Oxford. Check where the University of Oslo is.co.the BNP will be upset when they hear this. White. 4 years ago For those previous posters who express concern that their tax money may have been spent on this scientific research then I suggest they check an atlas. then. Posts such as yours and similar do make me feel very concerned about education in Britain.why is it that white supremacists are usually so lacking in intellect ? 44 62 Click to rate The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.in an egg: Giant floating wooden pod is artist's studio and home Turkey's Bosphorus tunnel opens: Sub-sea passage for trains will link Istanbul's European and Asian sides from today Are these the oldest bird tracks in Australia? 105-million-year-old imprints discovered in Victoria's Dinosaur Cove The bra that TWEETS: Underwear reminds Twitter followers to check their breasts for cancer symptoms every time it is undone A very modern milestone: One in three kids use a mobile phone or tablet before they can talk http://www. New evidence is constantly being evaluated and interpreted against existing knowledge.White Europeans 'only evolved 5. the most evolved humans? 48 56 Click to rate Sandy..dailymail. Wales. Great Britain of Course. 30/8/2009 23:01" What? This research (which looks dubious) appears to suggest that white people have evolved even since the heyday of Gobekli Tepe. One day we'll learn to ignore the colour and just remark on the man! 17 39 Click to rate Toby.and are coming to New York City next year Revealing the secrets of ancient Africa: 1. .. a cradle of civilization still being unearthed in southern Turkey.Ritchie.and the recession is to blame Looking for love? Then don’t hunt alone: ‘Pulling in packs’ is the most successful way of finding a partner The haunting music that takes you back 1. Also their ignorance shows how little they understand of the nature of academic research. 4 years ago "Oh dear. the research suggests. 4 years ago Ed from Lincoln Have you actually read the story ? If so do you understand what the words mean ? "And the particularly pale skins of people in Scandinavia may have evolved to maximise the amount of Vitamin D that could be produced. So unless they are Norweigian citizens or working and taxed there they'll have not paid a penny. What a nightmare it must be to live with the idea that the world is populated with a 'liberal elite' that is just trying to prove that as a white skinned person you are not a superior being ! In certain cases such ideas could be seen as delusional. 41 47 Click to rate Sandy.now Samsung's making spectacles: Patent reveals tethered eyewear that plugs into a smartphone The intelligent manhole covers that charge electric cars while they're parked .800 years: Expert records '100% accurate' version of song as heard in ancient Greece Forget salt and pepper .BACON is the ultimate seasoning: Research shows rashers make almost all food taste better Meet the man who lives . Birkenhead. and they'll find it's in Norway." This research is not just focusing on England.400-year-old clay models of 'healing' chameleons and two-headed humans are displayed for the first time in the UK Men DO ogle women: Eye-tracking technology reveals they can't help staring at female bodies . Wales.but don't care about the face How accurate is the iPhone's touchscreen? Not very: Samsung outdoes Apple as tests reveal it's inaccurate 75% of the time Bicycle sales overtake CARS for the first time ever in Europe .

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