Redhead Genetics Linked To Evolution, But Extinction?

09/13/2012 08:21 am ET | Updated Sep 14, 2012
  • Cara Santa Maria Science correspondent, Huffington Post; editor, Talk Nerdy to Me

Happy Roodharigendag (that's Redhead Day in Dutch). It's a summer festival that takes place the first weekend in September in the Netherlands. This year, nearly 5,000 people gathered to celebrate all things fiery red, especially this unique phenotype.

But what exactly is the genetic story behind red hair? How do redheads get that auburn tone? And does their rumored extinction have any actual scientific backing?

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