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From: "Dora Smith" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Peter Frost and "European hair and eye color: A case offrequency-dependent sexual selection?"
Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2007 16:57:45 -0500
Scandinavians aren't the only blondes. Slavs are often blond, though not
hte same shade of blond. In their own time, ancient Greeks and Romans were
often blond. The trait may have been an intrusive one.
Not necessary for brunette women to have died for blonde hair to have been
perpetuated by selecton.
But usually if more women than men, there was polygamy. Grin.
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From: "Sam Sloan" <>
Sent: Tuesday, June 05, 2007 9:11 PM
Subject: [DNA] Peter Frost and "European hair and eye color: A case of
frequency-dependent sexual selection?"
> Peter Frost and "European hair and eye color: A case of
> sexual selection?"
> A research report that made a great sensation last year was: "European
> and eye colour: A case of frequency-dependent sexual selection?" from
> Evolution and Human Behavior, Volume 27, Issue 2, Pages 85-103 (March
> This article is online many places including
> Unfortunately, many discussions of this article have degenerated into
> racist diatribes, which should be avoided.
> This article concludes that blond hair developed as a result of sexual
> selection. In areas with few crops where the human population has survived
> by catching migrating wild game such as caribou, only men could run fast
> enough to catch them, so women, to survive and to avoid starvation, had to
> attract a man. Women with blond hair and blue eyes and therefore able to
> attract a man had enough to eat and to reproduce. Women with black hair
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