Gleaning and pinpointing information from blogs and bulletin boards proved to be the most challenging. The MC1R recessive variant gene that gives people red hair generally results in skin that is unable to tan. As are many Scottish redheads. Sounds like Tocharian Buddhas. I suppose I'll fiddle with it until I tire of the subject. For example, if we are to take a look at the areas in Ireland where the Norsemen settled, we can also see the highest concentration of red haired Irish people.
The answer is that the red hair trait is much older than commonly assumed.
What Vikings really looked like
And they managed to stay a viable, intact culture for several hundred years. December 10, at 7: While I personally have brown hair, I must be a carrier of one the variants of the red-head gene. My theory was always that the Celtic blood mixed with Viking and other folks the Celts came across made red heads. It was the birth of the ideal of the Noble Savage, and epic folk hero—which ironically, stemmed from the ancient Greek writings.