Redheads: Living on the endangered species list
Posted on 23 Aug ’07 by Earl
Growing up having red hair can be a curse or a blessing. For a little boy it probably means you’ll grow up knowing how to fight or how to run fast, or both (I won’t go into my own experiences.) A little girl with red hair seems to have a easier time of it, and may even like being “special.”
However, according to scientist it’s a moot point in 100 years.
Redheads are becoming rarer and could be extinct in 100 years, according to genetic scientists.
The current National Geographic magazine reports that less than two per cent of the world’s population has natural red hair, created by a mutation in northern Europe thousands of years ago.
Global intermingling, which broadens the availability of possible partners, has reduced the chances of redheads meeting and producing little redheads of their own.
The article goes on to say that the highest concentration of this red gene is in Scotland where 40 percent carry it and 13 percent actually have red hair.
I’ve grown to value my own red or “ginger” hair and I would hate to see it die out. My paternal grandfather had red hair. He had nine children, none with red hair, and I was the 16th grandchild and the first to again exhibit this red gene. I have two children, neither of them have red hair, and no grandchildren thus far.
This gene can be dormant for generations before making another random appearance so I’m still hoping to see it again somewhere down the line.
We last of the redheads should stick together so maybe I need to start a special blog roll for redheaded bloggers?
…and an official banner/button for display on our blogs?
If you’re a “genuine” redheaded blogger leave me a comment and I’ll add you to my blog roll.