Nature, Origin, and Variation of Human Pigmentation

  title={Nature, Origin, and Variation of Human Pigmentation},
  author={Rick A. Kittles},
  journal={Journal of Black Studies},
  pages={36 - 61}
  • R. Kittles
  • Published 1 September 1995
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Black Studies
From ancient times to the present, people have speculated on why and by what mechanisms humans could be as Black as some Africans and Australian aborigines to as White as the Celtic speakers of northern Europe. The shades of color in between these extremes illustrate a huge variation in human pigmentation. Because it is one of the most conspicuous traits, pigment variation has led some societies to attach labels and fabricate myths about people of different skin and/or hair colors. In many… 

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