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i’m really dumbfounded that i never realized skin colour is literally just caused by being closer to or farther from the equator and the resulting sun exposure and skin darkening
every time i see this i get confused because the natural skin colour of new zealand is pretty dark?
Not really. The maori haven’t been here long enough for evolution to play any real role in skin colour. The have the same colour skin as their pacific ancestors.
But they’re the natives of New Zealand, so shouldn’t that mean that the ‘natural skin colour’ of New Zealand is darker than what it is on the map? The only pale people here are the people who’s ancestors are the British who immigrated here years ago.
If you want to be technical about things New Zealand doesn’t have a ‘native people’ so to speak. Humans have only been here for a few hundred years. The maori were simply the first to settle here, and fair enough, they were here first so they have more of a claim to the land than the Europeans did.
But techically they aren’t a native people in the sense of ‘as a group they originated here’ The aboriginals of Australia originated in Australia, Native Americans in America and so on and so forth.
The Maori originated in the polynesian islands, much closer to the equator, and then migrated across the ocean 500-600 years ago and then settled in NZ. Because they were the first here, and pretty much made NZ their home they are considered natives of New Zealand.
Before them there were no humans for millions. Billions of years. It’s a fairly young country compared to the rest of the human race.
Also it’s not true that the only pale people are from the european settlers. I have full blooded maori friends who are paler than me, descended from the dutch and the scottish, the whitest whites ever to white. There are many pale skinned Maori, and dark skinned Pakeha…genetics really don’t care for human labels and expectations.
Sport Science S02E11: World’s Toughest Woman (June/21/2009)
"Gina can land all 8 blows in a blistering 3 seconds. And how much does this maelstrom combine to generate? An amazing 4,800 pounds of force. That’s like a North Pacific giant octopus pounding you with all 8 of it’s arms. Translation: In 3 seconds, Gina could brake your ribs, give you a concussion, shatter your nose, rupture your spleen, cause internal bleeding, and put you down for the count."