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    Light skin colour and where it comes from?

    So I've been trying to read up on the origins of white skin colour- the pasty kind usually associated with very blonde or red headed people. Some articles indicate this comes from Yamnaya (or specifically one of the populations that made them up), other articles claim they were darker. Some articles claimed that this is attributed to northern Hunter Gatherers, and others attributed it to the Neolithic Farmers. Thinking initially it was associated with Yamnaya, I now don't really know where this comes from - or if it doesn't actually come from any of these sources. Has anyone looked into this and can point me in the right direction? Is it that we currently don't have a good lead on this question? Some articles indicated there are two genetic variants for light skin, others seemed to imply three, and others, many more. Any information on this would also be fantastic.
    Thanks very much

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    SLC24A5 and SLC45A2 were both derived in the Ukraine_Huntergatherer sample from the Baltic paper a month or so back. He is about 11,000 years old.
    Two of the Baltic foragers were heterozygous for SLC24A5 but ancestral for the latter. They seem to be sexually selected closer to the Neolithic period of Europe, but I think we need more data. Blue eyes seem to be exceedingly common amongst the earliest Europeans.

    I'm always a little confused on this. Do these work like an on and off switch? Would ancient Europe be like walking through a modern day multicultural city? Seems a bit strange.
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    YDNA: R1b-BY50830 Stepney, London, UK George Wood b. 1782 English <-> Bavarian cluster
    maternal-gf YDNA: ?? Gurr, James ~1740, Smarden, Kent, England.
    maternal-gm YDNA: R1b-P311+ Beech, John Richard b. 1780, Lewes, England
    maternal-ggf YDNA R1b-U106 Thomas, Edward b 1854, Sittingbourne, Kent
    paternal-ggf YDNA: R1b-Z17901. Gould, John Somerset England 1800s.
    paternal-ggf YDNA: R1b-L48. Scott, William Hamilton Ireland(?) 1800s

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    Welch: early 1800s E-M84 Kent, England.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ADW_1981 View Post
    SLC24A5 and SLC45A2 were both derived in the Ukraine_Huntergatherer sample from the Baltic paper a month or so back. He is about 11,000 years old.
    Two of the Baltic foragers were heterozygous for SLC24A5 but ancestral for the latter. They seem to be sexually selected closer to the Neolithic period of Europe, but I think we need more data. Blue eyes seem to be exceedingly common amongst the earliest Europeans.

    I'm always a little confused on this. Do these work like an on and off switch? Would ancient Europe be like walking through a modern day multicultural city? Seems a bit strange.
    Appreciate your help ADW. I hadn't heard of the Ukrainian HG. I wonder if they mixed with the Steppe people, the Scandinavian HG with the two light skin variants, or both?

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