I am fascinated by late Palaeolithic and Neolithic humans. Discovering ‘stuff’ about Ötzi the murdered iceman of Tyrol, for example, has captivated me for ages. Now we have Lola, the ‘Dane’ whose DNA was preserved when she spat out the birch tree gum she was chewing on the southern coast of Denmark. Scientists have managed, from this, to map her entire genome.
Lola was alive about 6000 years ago. She had brown skin, dark hair and blue eyes. Her last meal had been duck and hazel-nuts. She was also lactose intolerant and may been suffering from glandular fever.
Phenotypically as far as I understand most ‘humans’ on the planet were still sporting dark hues on their dermis at this point in time. (one of the reasons racism is so utterly stupid, your ancestors were ALL dark skinned). We became lighter skinned because we desperately needed more vitamin D from the sun as humans migrated north from Botswana. Go back far enough and not only are we all dark skinned, we are all African.
Anyways, this is awesome.