This is what people in Britain looked like 10000 years ago

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   HISTORIC LOOK Cheddar Man had dark skin and blue eyes

New analysis of DNA sampled from Cheddar Man, Britain's oldest complete human skeleton, suggests the early Briton had "dark to black" skin pigmentation and blue eyes.

Many dismissing the scientists claims as left-wing "propaganda" and asked "does this mean nobody can be accused of racism now". This is only possible because of spectacular breakthroughs in DNA sequencing.Their results will transform both the way we visualise our 10,000 year old ancestors and our understanding of how we relate to them. Alfons cautioned that this reconstruction was not a flawless portrait, but rather a broad idea of how Cheddar Man might have looked.

The data was given to model makers Adrie and Alfons Kennis, brothers who constructed a model of the early human for Channel 4, Britain's public broadcasting channel.

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Photo Cheddar Man, Britain's oldest skeleton, was discovered in 1903 in southwest England.

"Cheddar Man was a Mesolithic hunter-gatherer - fully modern human - with dark skin and blue eyes", the scientists said.

Britain was periodically settled and then cleared during ice ages until the end of the last glacial period about 11,700 years ago, since when it has been continuously inhabited.

Professor Mark Thomas and Dr Yoan Diekmann (both UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) then analysed Cheddar Man's DNA sequences to establish aspects of his appearance.

Science has often pointed to the fact that earth's first people were of dark skin and the idea that modern man's roots were in the continent of Africa. The Cheddar Man's 12,000-man fort, however, thrived in the climate. We now know so much more about his skin colour, hair, facial features and eye colour, which has not been possible until now.

The discovery suggests that genes associated with lighter skin and hair became widespread in European populations later than originally thought.

The museum's research leader in human origins, Professor Chris Stringer, first excavated at Gough's Cave 30 years ago and has been involved in the project ever since.

"He is just one person, but also indicative of the population of Europe at the time", Booth said in a statement.

The process of analysis and 3D remodelling was undertaken for Channel 4 documentary "First Brit: Secrets of the 10,000 Year Old Man" set to be aired on 18 February.

"To go beyond what the bones tell us and get a scientifically-based picture of what he actually looked like is a remarkable - and from the results quite surprising - achievement".

A further investigation by Tom Booth - an archaeologist at the Natural History Museum along with a team assigned to the project uncovered the deeper truth of Cheddar Man's lineage.

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