Sexual selection as a cause of human skin colour variation: Darwin's hypothesis revisited

@article{Aoki2002SexualSA,
  title={Sexual selection as a cause of human skin colour variation: Darwin's hypothesis revisited},
  author={K. Aoki},
  journal={Annals of Human Biology},
  year={2002},
  volume={29},
  pages={589 - 608}
}
  • K. Aoki
  • Published 2002
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Annals of Human Biology
The dark skin of tropical peoples is likely to be an adaptation to the strong ultraviolet (UV) radiation near the equator, perhaps protecting against sunburn or degradation of folate. By contrast, the adaptive value of light skin is questionable. In particular, the relevance of vitamin D deficiency rickets as a selective factor has been cogently criticized. Population genetic studies on the melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R) gene (one of the genes responsible for normal human skin colour variation… Expand

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