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Stone Age Spaniard had blue eyes.

Blue eyes may have evolved before blond hair and pale skin, a genetic analysis of a 7,000-year-old hunter-gatherer's skeleton suggests. The skeleton was found in 2006 in a cave at Spain's La Brana-Arintero archaeological site. DNA from one of the skeleton's teeth shows that the man, called La Brana 1, is genetically different from most present-day Europeans, Caries Lalueza-Fox of the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in Barcelona and colleagues report January 26 in Nature. La Brana 1's eyes were blue (or at least not brown), but his hair and skin were dark, the researchers determined from the skeleton's pigment genes.

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Author:Saey, Tina Hesman
Publication:Science News
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUSP
Date:Feb 22, 2014
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