Thursday, August 23, 2007
Look Out Ron Weasley
The latest edition of Nation Geographic is reporting that redheads (known as "gingers" in the UK and Australia) may be extinct in 100 years.
Red hair is extremely rare--less than 2% of the world's population possesses it. And it takes two parents with the redhead gene to produce a ginger child. With more and more people marrying outside their own communities, it's becoming increasingly unlikely that two people with this uncommon gene will come into contact.
The gene itself is a mutation that arose in Northern Europe thousands of years ago, and the Vikings were largely responsible for spreading it throughout Europe. Today, Scotland may be the last hope for the redheads of the world. Almost 40% of the Scots carry the gene.
Read more here.