The Melanesian people have a native TYRP1 gene which is partly responsible for the blond hair and melanin, and is totally distinct to that of Caucasians as it doesn’t exist in their genes.
Perhaps the most plausible theory is that blonde hair and blue eyes arose because of a mechanism called sex selection. This is where males and females choose as their mates those who have one unusual physical characteristic, not necessarily associated with “fitness” per se but simply something unusual.
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.
Blond hair has also developed in other populations, although it is usually not as common, and can be found among natives of the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji, among the Berbers of North Africa, and among some Asians. In Western culture, blond hair has long been associated with female beauty.
Scientists have shed light on what ancient Europeans looked like. Genetic tests reveal that a hunter-gatherer who lived 7,000 years ago had the unusual combination of dark skin and hair and blue eyes. It has surprised scientists, who thought that the early inhabitants of Europe were fair.
The term ‘ Melanesia ‘ comes from the Greek language, meaning “islands of black [people]” and was used by early European settlers in reference to the dark skin of people in the region, now known as Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji.
Between 8 and 10 percent of people worldwide have blue eyes. Blue eyes are most common in Europe, especially Scandinavia. People with blue eyes have the same genetic mutation that causes eyes to produce less melanin. The mutation first appeared in a person living in Europe about 10,000 years ago.
Around 17 per cent of people have blue eyes, and when combined with 1-2 per cent having red hair, the odds of having both traits are around 0.17 per cent. That’s 13 million people, out of the 7.6 billion on Earth. So with numbers this low, could redheads with blue eyes actually go extinct?
The same DNA sequence in the region of the OCA2 gene among blue-eyed people suggests they may have a single common ancestor. As of 2016, the earliest remains of Homo sapiens with genes for both light-pigmentation and blue-eyes were found in 7,700 years old Mesolithic hunter-gatherers from Motala, Sweden.
Crime. The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force has limited resources and response times to calls for help can be slow. There have been reports of robberies involving violence, handbag snatching, pick-pocketing, distraction thefts and harassment, particularly around the central market and local beaches.
Owariki or Owa Riki (formerly Santa Catalina) is an island in Solomon Islands; it is located in Makira-Ulawa Province. Owariki.
|Native name: Santa Catalina|
|Coordinates||10.892°S 162.446°ECoordinates:10.892°S 162.446°E|
|Area||5.62 km2 (2.17 sq mi)|
Green eyes are most common in Central, Western, and Northern Europe, and typically point to Celtic or German ancestry. At the moment, they’re most prevalent in Britain, Iceland, the Netherlands, Scotland, Estonia, and Scandinavia.
About 5–10% of people from Melanesia, a group of islands northeast of Australia, have naturally blonde hair — the highest prevalence outside Europe. Now, a study of people from the Solomon Islands in Melanesia shows that they evolved the striking blonde trait independently of people in Europe.
Two -thirds of the inhabitants today have green eyes and blonde hair.