Monday, September 10, 2007

Phoenicians and Freckles

Geneticist Pierre Zalloua has found traces of Phoenician DNA in Lebanon's Muslim and Christian communities. But not in Joseph Tabat.

"I was always intrigued as to why I look different to the rest of the guys in high school," he said. "I'm a red-head with freckles." Tabat's DNA matched types found in France and Spain, perhaps a sign that one of his ancestors was a European who arrived in the Middle East during the Crusades. [Link]
Note that having one Western European ancestor 1,000 years ago does not cause red hair and freckles. If it did, redheads wouldn't be going extinct.

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