A four-year book project by American Nicole Giladi has come to fruition with Little Red Heads Across America now on sale.
Nicole's red headed baby boy surprised her as she and her husband have brown hair. A little investigation uncovered red hair in both parent's relatives. This research of her family tree coupled with regular attention from people on the street spurred Nicole on to write a children's book.
Read reviews of the book at Little Red Heads Across America
Sunday, 14 March 2010
The less-sunny climate of Scotland is suspected to have aided the proliferation of red heads in the region.
A genetics research student has suggested that the comparatively high number of ginger-haired people among the Scots and Irish may be due in part to crap weather.Source: Crap Scottish weather favours ginger hair
While 1-2 per cent of the European population are ginger, this is around eight per cent in Scotland and Ireland. One reason, speculates Emily Pritchard, is that ginger peoples' fair countenance is less of an evolutionary disadvantage in places where it's not likely to result in sunburn or skin cancer - "unhelpful characteristics in hunter-gatherer societies", the Times notes.