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Watch Cheddar Man: DNA Shows Early Briton Had Dark Skin BBC News Video

Watch Cheddar Man: DNA Shows Early Briton Had Dark Skin BBC News Video

“A cutting-edge scientific analysis shows that a Briton from 10,000 years ago had dark brown skin and blue eyes.

“Researchers from London’s Natural History Museum extracted DNA from Cheddar Man, Britain’s oldest complete skeleton, which was discovered in 1903.

“University College London researchers then used the subsequent genome analysis for a facial reconstruction.

“It underlines the fact that the lighter skin characteristic of modern Europeans is a relatively recent phenomenon.

“No prehistoric Briton of this age had previously had their genome analysed.

“As such, the analysis provides valuable new insights into the first people to resettle Britain after the last Ice Age.

“The analysis of Cheddar Man’s genome – the “blueprint” for a human, contained in the nuclei of our cells – will be published in a journal, and will also feature in the upcoming Channel 4 documentary The First Brit, Secrets Of The 10,000-year-old Man.”

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