I know that there were no blue eyed people until ~6000 years ago due to a mutation and all blue eyed people have a single common anchestor.

But where in the world does it originate? I assume it originates from somewhere in Europe but is it known more specifically where like Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and so on or is it impossible to know?

  • $\begingroup$ Wikipedia has your answer already ! $\endgroup$ – Dexter Oct 27 '15 at 10:31
  • $\begingroup$ @Dexter Exactly where is the answer to the "Where in the world..." question? $\endgroup$ – fileunderwater Oct 27 '15 at 10:46
  • $\begingroup$ @fileunderwater Reference no 46 $\endgroup$ – Dexter Oct 27 '15 at 12:05
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    $\begingroup$ @fileunderwater I agree I didn't elaborate. Sorry about that. However that doesn't mean I posted uninformative link. Link suggests 7000 y old skeleton with homozygous HERC2–OCA2 locus which is strongly associated with blue eyes. In fact first link from google search gave me origin of blue eyes in Black Sea region (and guess which gene was correlated ? OCA2. $\endgroup$ – Dexter Oct 27 '15 at 14:58
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    $\begingroup$ @Dexter Sorry about the wording "uninformative link" - I meant that the link text was uninformative, not necessarily the content. Your last link is the first one that seems to provide an answer to the question though. You should post it as an actual answer instead. $\endgroup$ – fileunderwater Oct 27 '15 at 15:29

According to this discussion, blues first appeared exactly where one would expect - in northern Europe.

The interesting thing is the survival value (if any) that blue eyes offer. One theory is that blue eyes are merely a side effect of light skin. The other theory is that blue eyes are simply sexy and irresistible.

  • $\begingroup$ DOI 10.1007/s00266-011-9793-x : "Most surprisingly, no correlation was found between iridal color and rated attractiveness. However, the participants mentioned the color blue more often as a positive aspect than other iridal colors. A high inverse correlation was observed between attractiveness of the eye area and age. The larger the pupil diameter and the whiter the scleral color, the lower was the real and perceived age and the higher was the attractiveness." $\endgroup$ – Deer Hunter Oct 28 '15 at 10:05

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