If you have Scottish and/or Irish ancestry AND red hair, you probably also have VIKING ancestry, according to a new study. The director for Nordic Studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands says red hair is modern evidence of the influence of the ancient Vikings in Celtic lands.

If you have Scottish and/or Irish ancestry AND red hair, you probably also have VIKING ancestry, according to a new study. The director for Nordic Studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands says red hair is modern evidence of the influence of the ancient Vikings in Celtic lands.

The gene that gives redheads red hair...because saying 'got red hair?' was too simple.

The gene that gives redheads red hair...because saying 'got red hair?' was too simple.

MC1R Project by Michelle Marshall  |    Documenting the incidence of the MC1R gene mutation, responsible for red hair and freckles, amongst black/mixed raced individuals.

MC1R Project by Michelle Marshall | Documenting the incidence of the MC1R gene mutation, responsible for red hair and freckles, amongst black/mixed raced individuals.

In 1995, Professor Jonathan Reese discovered that mutations of the gene MC1R on…

Viking Drinking Horn Vessels and Accessories

In 1995, Professor Jonathan Reese discovered that mutations of the gene MC1R on…

Some people have red hair, and some have hair that is various shades of blond or brown. The myth is that red hair is determined by a single gene, with the allele for red being recessive to alleles for other colors.

Some people have red hair, and some have hair that is various shades of blond or brown. The myth is that red hair is determined by a single gene, with the allele for red being recessive to alleles for other colors.

A mutation in the MCR1 gene causes RED HAIR. Therefore, I am a MUTANT. Sorry, I have to keep my other super powers a secret.  cafepress.com

A mutation in the MCR1 gene causes RED HAIR. Therefore, I am a MUTANT. Sorry, I have to keep my other super powers a secret. cafepress.com

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