Hi Chris, as a red head I would like to thank you for your hub. I have no doubt there was a lot more light hair and eyes in the past. I put together my own story last year at http: And this leads back to one of the stereotypes that began this discussion, and back to one of the greatest contradictions in the cultural history of the redhead: Every once in a while, a miraculus genetic querk will pop up, out of the melting pot , and produce a flaming Herculian - Able Man, that stands up to the mass horde of Cain-strain-ites all around the world. I am of Norwegian heritage oaternaly, German maternal. I am hoping for redhead grandchildren as my children were not.
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There may also be other genes involved in the red hair colour, such as on chromosome 4 , but changes in MC1R are a common factor. Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. They are strong-bodied, and have red hair. Jonathon Swift satirized this redhead stereotype in Gulliver's Travels, part 4, A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms , when he wrote: In general, it runs below 30 per cent in the regions of intensive Saxon and Danish occupation - that is, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Yorkshire - while it averages above 30 per cent in the west, and has a mean of approximately 40 per cent in Cornwall.
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Poldark star Eleanor Tomlinson has the ultimate fiery red locks. Redheads to me are extremely beautiful angels and fairies without physical wings. Thanks for your insight into redhead history. The answer is that the red hair trait is much older than commonly assumed. I figured they would be the only small people not to make fun of me or wonder why I looked the way I did.