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Actually, the lack of melanin that produces lighter colorings such as pale skin and blonde hair is a genetic aberration that developed early on as early people began to settle in cooler locations like Europe. With the colder weather and lesser amounts of sunlight, people had less need for darker skin (which is what everyone had--man originated in Africa with very dark skin and hair), and over time, people became paler and paler. |
The Chinese (although "China" did not exist yet, we'll call them that) seem to have become lighter in skin tone than they were originally, but China was also much warmer a long time ago (there were elephants as far north as what is now Beijing, I think). So it's actually the Chinese who are closer in features to original humans, and the pale Europeans who are weird.
In western China, though, you can still see the evidence of European influence in the genes from time to time. A long time ago, there were Caucasians settled in that part of China, and you can see it in the facial features of that region. Every once in a great while, you'll even get a kid with brown or blonde hair, or perhaps blue eyes.
I've read that in fact, Asian people have a wider variety of facial structures than Americans. It is sometimes more difficult to tell, though, because we Westerners often look at hair color and you can't rely on that as much, but just look around for a while and it's kind of true.
Not an exact answer to your question, but some info on the topic.
[ Last edited by sockmonkey at 2006-4-10 11:33 AM ]