Another Beautiful, Powerful Scientific Truth–“DNA reveals what skin color obscures: We all have African ancestors” (Elizabeth Kolbert)

“DNA reveals what skin color obscures: We all have African ancestors” (Elizabeth Kolbert, National Geographic, April 2018).

So, light-skinned folk today can be traced back genetically to members of the Hadza tribe who migrated out of Africa 60,000 years ago.  Those who stayed have descendants in today’s Tanzania who naturally kept their darker skin hues.

My great-great…great-grandfather may have looked something like this modern-day Hadza tribal chief.

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Handsome!

Grandma lookin’ good too!

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No wonder these once racist-trained eyes of mine always saw beauty in black skin despite the disdain and disgust such skin was supposed to bring to mind.  (Click on the previous sentence to read one of the articles in this pivotal issue of National Geographic.)