Blue eyes in the Stone Age

Genes from an ancient skeleton suggest that dark-skinned people may have been the first to evolve blue eyes

By Tina Hesman Saey, 17:24 PM January 27, 2014

Blue eyes may have evolved before blond hair and pale skin. That’s the conclusion of a new study. It analyzed genes from a 7,000-year-old Spanish skeleton.

That skeleton came from a Stone Age man. Scientists discovered the hunter-gatherer’s remains in 2006. They found it in a cave in northwestern Spain. The site is known as La Braña-Arintero, so scientists refer to the man as La Braña 1. DNA from one of his teeth shows that he would have been genetically different from most present-day Europ...

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