Why are we coloured?

Jump to Last Post 1-10 of 10 discussions (20 posts)
  1. Ozmar Evans profile image59
    Ozmar Evansposted 10 years ago

    Why are we coloured?

    The world is made up of different coloured people, we have yellow, red, whites and blacks.
    Science says pigments, which is true, but can it explain why? I still believe the bible, but I want to know what other people think.

  2. Tusitala Tom profile image67
    Tusitala Tomposted 10 years ago

    From my very old-fashioned learning I was told that the world has three basic human types: negroid, mongoloid and caucasian.  Let us take for example the first of these - and this would apply to the others as well - the negroid are the people, basically from Africa who were commonly called negroes or, as they now prefer, black people.   They are now living, as we know, in many parts of the world.

    Of course, negroes are not black.  They come in varying degrees of shade, some are very light-coloured indeed.  For example, the descendants of the black people who settled in Massachesetts and the Northeastern States of America are pale indeed compared with those who live in, say, Senegal or the Congo.   Skin pigments of melanin  (I might not have spelled that correctly) are in everyone's skin.  Nature allows it to develop more in people who are exposed to lots of strong sunshine.  But where the sun is weaker, this is gradually 'bred out.'   It is a process of natural evolution taking place over just a generation or two.

    So you could say that most black people come in varying shades from very light brown through to almost a deep almost black.  However, because they're all of negroid stock, they can all claim to be black.

    The coppery colour of American Red Indians would also vary.  The Innuits of Northern Canada would be of a different hue, I imagine, than those who live in Arizona and New Mexico.    The further from the tropics, the lighter the hue.

    Caucasians -so called whites - can range from the dark colours of people living in tropical India to those who have the alabaster skin of someone from the north of Scandivia.

    So, to get back: three basic human types, dark or lighter conditioned over time by where they live as far as their continued exposure to sunshine.

    Make sense?

    1. Ozmar Evans profile image59
      Ozmar Evansposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Very well put....I love the summary.

  3. SidKemp profile image88
    SidKempposted 10 years ago

    I won't get into a creation vs. evolution debate. But we do know that one aspect skin color is adaptive. People absorb Vitamin D from sunshine. But excessive sunshine brings a risk of skin cancer. People who live in sunnier climes tend to have darker skin. The melatonin in the darker skin protects people against skin cancer, but it also reduces the rate of creation of Vitamin D from sunlight.

    We see this independent of the three races (caucasian, negroid, asiatic). Native Americans from the SouthWest and Central America are darker than those in Alaska; Southern Chinese are darker than Northern Chinese, Southern Italians are darker than Swedes. (By darker, I simply mean, have more melatonin in their skin at a given level of exposure to sunlight.)

    So, one practical answer to the word "why" is that such coloration maximizes health for the local climate by providing enough Vitamin D while reducing the risk of skin cancer.

  4. FatFreddysCat profile image94
    FatFreddysCatposted 10 years ago

    Because we'd look funny if we were gray or plaid.

    1. Ozmar Evans profile image59
      Ozmar Evansposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      nice.. smile

  5. profile image0
    JThomp42posted 10 years ago

    The concept of “race” is biological, not Biblical. There is no mention of different races, as such, in the Bible, nor even of the very concept of a “race.” Evidently, there is no Biblical or theological meaning to the term, and we must conclude, therefore, that races are purely arbitrary entities invented by man for his own convenience in biological and anthropological studies.

    Biologically a race is generally thought of as a variety, or sub-species, within a given species. In terms of evolutionary philosophy, it may represent a stage in the evolution of a new species. Thus different sub-species within a species may vary in their respective degrees of evolutionary advance over the ancestral species, depending upon the relative efficiencies with which the postulated evolutionary mechanisms of mutation, segregation, natural selection, etc., have been functioning in each case.

    1. SidKemp profile image88
      SidKempposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      JThomp, I disagree with your 2nd para. In scientific biology, there is no idea "more advanced" evolution. Each subspecies (race) is differently adapted, but none is more advanced than another. The notion more advanced is a holdover from 19th century.

    2. celafoe profile image55
      celafoeposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      correct sid

    3. Ozmar Evans profile image59
      Ozmar Evansposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Good debate.. Appreciate the interaction here..

  6. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image87
    TIMETRAVELER2posted 10 years ago

    From what I've read, skin color varies due to the ability of human beings to adapt to their environment.  For example, people with dark skin have dark skin because they come from very hot, sunny areas of the world and having dark skin protects their bodies from the sun.

    Very pale, blonde people historically come from cold countries with little sun, so their light skin allows them to soak up as much of the sun's rays as possible to keep them healthy.

    As races intermix, genetics cause skin tones to vary, so, for example, the child of one black parent and one asian parent is more likely to have lighter skin than a child born of two black parents.  However, this is not a given.  Awhile back there was a big news story about a black couple from Africa that gave birth to a blonde haired blue eyed baby!

    1. Ozmar Evans profile image59
      Ozmar Evansposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      good summary.

    2. celafoe profile image55
      celafoeposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      nkin color is a blessing designed for protection from the sun according to the closenes of the people to the sun as described by above by TTOM

  7. crazymom3 profile image70
    crazymom3posted 10 years ago

    All of those answers are true and right, but i'm going to add this one...so that we can taste the rainbow like skittles haha seriously-color makes the world a funner less boring place!

    1. Ozmar Evans profile image59
      Ozmar Evansposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Love your comment..

    2. crazymom3 profile image70
      crazymom3posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you mr evans!!

  8. mintinfo profile image66
    mintinfoposted 10 years ago

    Up to 75k years ago all humans were Black African. Continuous migrations out of Africa took them as far as northern Europe and Asia where they were trapped by the last ice age and had to dwell deep in caves for survival. Unnatural conditions and behavior along with a lack of sunlight caused them to lose the Melanin in their skin and hair, similar to Albinoism. Further interbreeding among the various tribes (yes Africans have the most diverse DNA traits of any race) created the different races. The ability to produce Melatonin also contributes to the stability of DNA codons in preventing genetic drift.

    1. Ozmar Evans profile image59
      Ozmar Evansposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I quite don't get it..can you elaborate more.

  9. taburkett profile image57
    taburkettposted 10 years ago


    from the DNA construct in each human that provides the body breakdown-

  10. profile image0
    khmohsinposted 10 years ago

    Human skin colour can range from almost black to pinkish white in different people. In general, people with ancestors from sunny regions have darker skin than people with ancestors from regions with less sunlight.

    Skin colour is determined by the amount and type of the pigment melanin in the skin. Melanin comes in two types: phaeomelanin (red to yellow) and eumelanin (dark brown to black). Both amount and type are determined by four to six genes which operate under incomplete dominance. One copy of each of those genes is inherited from the father and one from the mother. Each gene comes in several alleles, resulting in a great variety of different skin colours.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://corp.maven.io/privacy-policy

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)