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very interesting article, by way of www.ranprieur.com, about why northern europeans are pale skinned, eyed, and haired: http://knol.google.com/k/frank-w-sweet/why-are-europeans-white-e1/k16kl3c2f2au/14#

basically tying it in to vitamin d deficiency from the introduction of grains into the gulf stream warmed baltic states.

i think it's fair to add that not only did pigment change but social structure also changed with the introduction of the notion of superiority. white human's hatred (fear) of all things brown and wild and its desire to control (own) it all stems from its perceived evolutionary superiority to its predecessors when it's actually a deficiency! it's almost a karmic joke (if it weren't for the nearing total destruction of it all).

Date: 2009-12-18 07:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hippiedork.livejournal.com
i'm often amazed at how awesome the hubby's skin is - it is softer than mine, he has like zero wrinkles, his complexion is way more even and smooth, etc. so i always have to laugh at white people who think that their skin is superior because if you are going to judge simply by skin alone, from a scientific viewpoint, there's no way that mine is better, lol.

Date: 2009-12-18 07:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gonzo21.livejournal.com
Hey, brown folks invented the concept of civilisation, can't be blaming us whiteys for that! :)

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