The Evolution of Human Skin and Skin Color

  title={The Evolution of Human Skin and Skin Color},
  author={Nina G. Jablonski},
  journal={Annual Review of Anthropology},
  • N. Jablonski
  • Published 15 September 2004
  • Biology
  • Annual Review of Anthropology
▪ Abstract Humans skin is the most visible aspect of the human phenotype. It is distinguished mainly by its naked appearance, greatly enhanced abilities to dissipate body heat through sweating, and the great range of genetically determined skin colors present within a single species. Many aspects of the evolution of human skin and skin color can be reconstructed using comparative anatomy, physiology, and genomics. Enhancement of thermal sweating was a key innovation in human evolution that… 

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