I was interested to read that those with blue eyes have something in common.
Everyone with blue eyes alive today – from Angelina Jolie to Wayne Rooney – can trace their ancestry back to one person who probably lived about 10,000 years ago in the Black Sea region, a study has found.
Scientists studying the genetics of eye colour have discovered that more than 99.5 per cent of blue-eyed people who volunteered to have their DNA analysed have the same tiny mutation in the gene that determines the colour of the iris.
This indicates that the mutation originated in just one person who became the ancestor of all subsequent people in the world with blue eyes, according to a study by Professor Hans Eiberg and colleagues at the University of Copenhagen.
The scientists are not sure when the mutation occurred but other evidence suggested it probably arose about 10,000 years ago when there was a rapid expansion of the human population in Europe as a result of the spread of agriculture from the Middle East.
There's more at the link.
I can't help but wonder how the first person with blue eyes was received in his or her community. Clearly, they can't have been shunned - the fact that they had descendants, who passed on the 'blue gene' in their turn, proves that - but they must have been, at the very least, an object of curiosity. Was the blue considered a sign of Divine favor - or, for that matter, something demonic? Primitive humans would have surely ascribed some spiritual value or influence to it.