To recap from my previous article ‘Nordic Europeans Aren’t True Whites’, the first indigenous Europeans, a black-skinned Caucasians, migrated into Europe from North Africa c. 200,000 years ago. The Mesolithic Eastern European Hunter-Gatherers (EHG), who inhabited an area east of the Baltic Sea, possessed the two genes responsible for pale skin, SLC24A5 and SLC45A2S, 1 but it was not until at least c. 8,000 years ago that these genes spread to the rest of Europe 2. Both of these genes, like the genes for blond and red hair, are likely derived from the Mongoloid ANE (Ancient North Eurasian) populations.
Light skin is an advantageous trait in Europe because of its ability to absorb more sunlight. Better absorbtion of sunlight meant more Vitamin D, which meant stronger and healthier Europeans. Such is the advantage of light skin over black skin that the latter became extinct among Europeans in the space of 3-4,000 years.
In the previous article, I have said that the populations of the region stretching from Anatolia to Iran had among the highest admixture of ANE, even higher than northern Europeans, basing my theory off a map detailing the frequency of ANE ancestry, but in truth these maps and statistics are inconsistent. But assuming that almost every Iranian is a carrier of ANE genetics, the combination of factors, the richer genetic diversity, and that ANE traits aren’t particularly advantageous in the said region as they are in most of Europe, (the drop in ANE admixture in Iranians by the Chalcolithic age is testament to this 3 4) means these ANE genetics are only seldom expressed in Iranians. For example, an Iranian may have several children; the majority of the siblings may possess dark complexions, but it is not uncommon for at least one of the siblings to possess light complexion in contrast to his/her siblings. It is also not uncommon for Iranian, and indeed Turkish or Kurdish familes, to have children who all look remarkably different from each other in apearance. Turks may or may not have higher ANE ancestry than Europeans, but according to the graph below, this varies:
Green means ANE, blue is Caucasian while yellow means other Mongoloid genetic admixture. See the Turkish statistic in the graph and how the level of its’ ANE/Mongoloid admixture varies unlike in the other European populations which remain level.
The Yamnaya, who spread the Indo-European languages across Europe and Asia, were previously thought to possess the light complexions of modern Europeans, but are now known to have had dark complexions. 5 The ANE genes possessed by the Yamnaya conquerers of Europe proved to be more advantageous in the European climate, so they developed the light complexions seen today. It is not inconceivable to think the Western Hunter-Gatherer (WHG) natives of Europe, too, have evolved to adapt to the colder European climate in the >150,000 years they have inhabited the continent, as anthropologists agree they are genetically distinct from other Caucasians in North Africa and the Middle East. The Yamnaya are thought to be Caucasian in appearence, but Northern Europeans today possess traits shared by other Mongoloid peoples, such as high cheekbones and, also, Asiatic eyes (see below video, skip to 5:07):
Below is a video featuring Native Americans. Native Americans, like Northern Europeans, have a high frequency of ANE ancestry. Notice the elongated incisors of some of the people in the video, a trait shared by some Nordic Europeans, at least in the British Isles where I live:
In the below video, one of the Native Americans featured in it has an upturned nose, a common Nordic European trait: