Skin Pigmentation

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Skin Pigmentation

FACTSAll modern humans share a common ancestor who lived around 200,000 years ago in Africa. Comparisons between known skin pigmentation genes in chimpanzees and modern Africans show that dark skin evolved along with the loss of body hair about 1.2 million years ago and is the ancestral state of all humans

Skin Pigmentation

Different populations have different allele frequencies of these genes and it is the combination of these allele variations that bring about the complex continuous variation in skin coloration we can observe today.

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Human skin shading extents in assortment from the darkest cocoa to the lightest pinkish-white tints. Human skin pigmentation is the consequence of characteristic choice. Skin pigmentation in individuals developed essentially to manage the measure of bright radiation entering the skin, controlling its biochemical impacts.

Melanin is created inside of the skin in cells called melanocytes and it is the fundamental determinant of the skin shade of darker-cleaned people. The skin shade of individuals with light skin is resolved chiefly by the pale blue white connective tissue under the dermis and by the hemoglobin flowing in the veins of the dermis. The red shading basic the skin turns out to be more unmistakable, particularly in the face, when, as outcome of physical activity or the incitement of the sensory system (indignation, dread), arterioles dilate.

Fun Facts- regulates body temperature- body's largest organ - skin renews itself every 28 days

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