Sunday, March 23, 2014

Mapping Redheads on the Globe

About a month ago, I discovered a wonderful website from Britain called Ginger Parrot -- it's all about redheads, or "gingers", as they say across the pond. Frankly, I like that descriptor better.

In November, Ginger Parrot shared this map, published from an interesting article by Irishman James McInerny, highlighting the areas of northern Europe with the highest population of gingers. The article has some interesting genomic microbiology details about the chromosomes of redheaded people. Not surprisingly there's a large concentration in the UK but, contrary to popular imagination, Scotland has a higher percentage than Ireland: 13% to the Irish 10%. I certainly saw far more gingers in Scotland than in Ireland. But what's with that big spot in Russia?