On the Evolution of Skin Tones In Africa

Most associate dark skin with African peoples, but there are a wide variety of populations who represent an even wider array of skin tones, from the light beige skin of the San to the deep black skin of the Dinka. A new study published online this week in Science, identifies a handful of new gene variants responsible... Continue Reading →

Redheads Can’t Handle The Pain

Kambiz here. I'm about to start my second term of medical school, which is both exciting and nerve racking. In my summer readings, I came across a medical and anthropological tidbit today that caught my attention: redheads have a lower tolerance for pain. I didn't know that.  Did you? Skin pigmentation is one of my favorite topics. We know... Continue Reading →

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