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>> One, two, three, come one.>>
>> This is what ancient Britons used to look like. Researchers now revealing that the UK's earliest inhabitants had a dark skin pigmentation along with coarse stuck hair and pale blue eyes. The discovery was made by studying the DNA of 10,000 old skeleton known as Cheddar Man, the oldest human to be found in Briton.
His appearance suggesting lighter skin pigmentation seen as typical of Northern European is actually far more recent. Professor Chris Stringer has been studying his remains for more than 40 years.>> Our expectations a few years ago would have been this individual would have had maybe dark hair but fairly pale skin, possibly blue eyes.
And what we've got is a quite unusual combination of this dark, slightly curly hair, really quite dark skin, and quite striking blue eyes.>> Using the DNA uncovered by researchers from a London university and museum, Dutch twins Alfons and Adrie Kennis were able to produce a 3D model of the man's head with what scientists call unprecedented accuracy.
Cheddar Man's remains were discovered at Cheddar Gorge in the southwest of England back in 1903. His ancestors are thought to have migrated into Europe at the end of the last ice age. 300 generations later and around 10% of British ancestry can be linked to his people. The skeleton is now in display in London's Natural History Museum.