Genetic study provides novel insights into the evolution of skin color

Research shows skin color was determined by natural selection in East Asia after human populations split from Europeans around 40,000 years ago, then carried over to America by ancient migrations of Native Americans.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON—Skin color is one of the most visible and variable traits among humans and scientists have always been curious about how this variation evolved. Now, a study* of diverse Latin American populations led by UCL geneticists has identified new genetic variations associated with skin color.

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