For several years, blond hair was attributed to Caucasians but the Melanesians of Solomon Islands are one of the few groups with blonde hair outside Europe. Melanesia is a sub-region of Oceania extending from the western end of the Pacific Ocean to the Arafura Sea, and eastward to Fiji. The name Melanesia was first used by Jules Dumont d'Urville in to denote an ethnic and geographical grouping of islands distinct from Polynesia and Micronesia. Until recently, the indigenous melanesian people practised cannibalism, head-hunting, kidnapping and slavery, just like the Asmat tribe , but with contact with Europeans, the population is now predominantly Christian. The Melanesian people of the Solomon Islands are the point of interest when it comes to dark skin and blond hair.
The Origin of Mysterious, Dark-Skinned Blonds Discovered
Black people with natural blonde hair - Melanesian population - udimonteverde.org
Have you ever seen black people with natural blond hair? Do you know the Melanesians and the blacks of Solomon Island? Hair of gold, dark skin, Afroculture. This people has a rare peculiarity.
Naturally blond hair in Solomon Islanders rooted in native gene, study finds
Researchers have identified a gene that is responsible for blond hair in percent of the indigenous population of the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. The common occurrence of blond hair among the dark-skinned indigenous people of the Solomon Islands is due to a homegrown genetic variant distinct from the gene that leads to blond hair in Europeans, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine. The study identifying the gene responsible for blond hair in the Solomon Islands, a nation in the South Pacific, represents a rare case of simple genetics determining human appearance, and shows the importance of including understudied populations in gene mapping studies, said co-senior author Carlos D.
Residents of the Solomon Islands in the Pacific have some of the darkest skin seen outside of Africa. They also have the highest occurrence of blond hair seen in any population outside of Europe. Now, researchers have found the single gene that explains these fair tresses. A single mutation is responsible for almost half of the variation in Solomon Islanders' hair color, the scientists reported Thursday May 3 in the journal Science.