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.
Sunday, 14 March 2010
Scottish Weather favours Ginger Hair
The less-sunny climate of Scotland is suspected to have aided the proliferation of red heads in the region.