25 October 2013
I was doing a little online research, and found a fascinating article and study (with incredible photos).
Apparently, Solomon Islanders and people of the other Melanesian islands (Papua New Guinea, Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, to name a few) are definitely most genetically related to Africans. (As are the Aboriginal peoples of Australia.)
The blonde hair is NOT due to Caucasian parentage among Solomon Islanders. Recent studies show that it is a genetic mutation that occurred in this isolated population of people - just as it occurred among certain groups of northern Europeans.
Interesting stuff! Same genetic mutation in two totally separate groups of people! (Not to mention that this reinforces the fact that human life began in Africa, and spread out from there.)
Here's the blog that gives most of the information about this study, plus they have fabulous photos! (The kids are beyond gorgeous!)