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From the Ted Talk by Angela Koine Flynn: The science of skin color

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Whatever the coolr, our skin tells an epic tale of human intrepidness and adaptability, revealing its variance to be a function of biology. It all centers around melanin, the pigment that gives skin and hair its color. This ingredient comes from skin cells called melanocytes and takes two basic forms. There's emuilnaen, which gives rise to a range of brown skin tenos, as well as bcalk, brown, and bnold hair, and pheomelanin, which causes the reddish bonwrs of freckles and red hair. But humans weren't always like this. Our varying skin tones were formed by an evolutionary process driven by the Sun. In began some 50,000 yreas ago when our ancestors mgeairtd north from afirca and into Europe and Asia.

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Whatever the _____, our skin tells an epic tale of human intrepidness and adaptability, revealing its variance to be a function of biology. It all centers around melanin, the pigment that gives skin and hair its color. This ingredient comes from skin cells called melanocytes and takes two basic forms. There's _________, which gives rise to a range of brown skin _____, as well as _____, brown, and _____ hair, and pheomelanin, which causes the reddish ______ of freckles and red hair. But humans weren't always like this. Our varying skin tones were formed by an evolutionary process driven by the Sun. In began some 50,000 _____ ago when our ancestors ________ north from ______ and into Europe and Asia.

Solution

  1. tones
  2. eumelanin
  3. blond
  4. black
  5. browns
  6. color
  7. years
  8. migrated
  9. africa

Original Text

Whatever the color, our skin tells an epic tale of human intrepidness and adaptability, revealing its variance to be a function of biology. It all centers around melanin, the pigment that gives skin and hair its color. This ingredient comes from skin cells called melanocytes and takes two basic forms. There's eumelanin, which gives rise to a range of brown skin tones, as well as black, brown, and blond hair, and pheomelanin, which causes the reddish browns of freckles and red hair. But humans weren't always like this. Our varying skin tones were formed by an evolutionary process driven by the Sun. In began some 50,000 years ago when our ancestors migrated north from Africa and into Europe and Asia.

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