DNA shows first modern Briton had dark skin, blue eyes

ALAMYCheddar Man is thought to have died in his twenties

ALAMYCheddar Man is thought to have died in his twenties

Scientists at the Natural History Museum have used pioneering genetic sequencing and facial reconstruction techniques to prove that the first hunter-gatherers successfully to inhabit Britain were far darker in complexion than previously thought.

"Cheddar Man" - the oldest skeleton found in the United Kingdom - had black skin, curly hair and blue eyes.

THE first modern Briton had dark skin and blue eyes, London scientists said today, following groundbreaking DNA analysis of the remains of a man who lived 10,000 years ago.

Researchers Professor Barnes and Dr Selina Brace extracted DNA data from bone powder by drilling a 2mm hole through the skull's inner ear bone.

"Not just dark skin and blue eyes, because you can get that combination, but also the face shape".

Cheddar Man's tribe migrated to Britain at the end of the last Ice Age, and his DNA has been linked to individuals discovered in modern-day Spain, Hungary and Luxembourg.

The skeleton is known as Cheddar Man because was found more than a century ago in Gough's Cave in Cheddar, in Somerset.

Model makers Adrie and Alfons Kennis then reconstructed his head using a 3D printer and a scanner made for the International Space Station.

"It's a story all about migrations throughout history", he told Channel 4 in a documentary to be aired on February 18. "We are all immigrants".

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