Backrounds by Ethan Nan
The shocking discovery that "Cheddar Man" who was found 100 years ago previously assumed to be light-skinned (like the people in modern day Britain) was actually dark-skinned and blue-eyed! This is truly puzzling but at the same time it's not because lighter pigment came on the scene only 6000 years ago.
This is my interpretation of Cheddar Man at 35. Thanks thanks to Kennis brothers and Chris Stringer for this ground breaking research. Science continues to amaze me!
Cheddar Man's remains had been unearthed 115 years ago in Gough's Cave, located in Somerset's Cheddar Gorge. Subsequent examination has shown that the man was short by today's standards - about 5ft 5in - and probably died in his early 20s.
Prof Chris Stringer, the museum's research leader in human origins, said: "I've been studying the skeleton of Cheddar Man for about 40 years
"So to come face-to-face with what this guy could have looked like - and that striking combination of the hair, the face, the eye colour and that dark skin: something a few years ago we couldn't have imagined and yet that's what the scientific data show."