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.
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.

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.
Source: Crap Scottish weather favours ginger hair

1 comment:

A Daft Scots Lass said...

I'm a Scots Lass and a red-head. I'm proud of it now.