More than quarter of the population of Melanesian in the Solomon Islands archipelago has an ultimately unusual trait which is black people with blonde hair. Melanesia, the archipelago which is located in the east of Papa New Guinea in Oceania, contains of a thousand Islands that are inhabited by more than half million Melanesian people. Melanesian people have the darkest skin in the world outside of Africa, but the strange thing is, more than quarter of the populations is black people with blonde hair.
This rare characteristic of Melanesian has made scientists and genetic experts to do some research. Up until now, the trait to inheritance have been attributed from Europeans, specifically British, German and Australians who have been related with the Islands for more than hundred years. A couple of Islands were under German jurisdiction in the 19th century. In the year of 1893, United Kingdom took Solomon Islands. In the early of 2oth century, British and Australians companies work together to get coconut plantations on a couple of islands.
So it is not strange at all that there are many black people with blonde hair in Melanesia because the growing influx of the outsiders. Meanwhile, the local people of Melanesia prefer not believe with that theory. They have been insisting for a couple of years that their blonde hair is an outcome from a diet rich in fish and exposure from the sun constantly. As the matter of fact, both of theories are far from the truth. Based on a recent investigation, the right answer for all of these are the random mutation which have been the mystery of black people with blonde hair in Melanesia.
Shades of Blonde Hair
The author of the study and geneticist at Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Sean Myles notes that there is no variation in the shade of blonde hair. He told that the hair color is given by genes. To get the best result of his research in the Melanesian genetic pool, Sean Myles and his partners gathered saliva and hair sample from more than 1,200 Solomon Islanders. From these samples, Sean Myles and colleagues compared the genetic makeup of 43 blonde and 42 dark-haired islanders. Jonathan Friedlaender who is an anthropologist the Temple University of Philadelphia reported that the mutation probably happened by chance in one individual. Because the original population of the island was very small, it appears to have arisen in frequency.