Who’s Your Blue-Eyed Mommy?

Lee Child and Jack Reacher and I have blue eyes. Do you? If you have blue eyes, we might be cousins. Who knew, right?

Diane Capri and Lee Child

A recent study, reported by LiveScience.com, claims that people with blue eyes have a single, common ancestor.

“[W]e can conclude that all blue-eyed individuals are linked to the same ancestor,” Eiberg said. “They have all inherited the same switch at exactly the same spot in their DNA.” Eiberg and his colleagues detailed their study in the Jan. 3 online edition of the journal Human Genetics.

Turns out, our common ancestor was a woman who lived, oh, about 8,000 years ago. How many “greats” do we need before “grandma” to go that far back? Never mind.

Seems that we went from a totally brown-eyed species 10,000 years ago to the point where 20-40% of Europeans (and those of us with European ancestors, like me) having blue eyes today. Wonder if that means blue-eyed folks are especially good at having babies? Wonder what that means for Jack Reacher, and how it might help FBI Special Agents Kim Otto and Carlos Gaspar on their quest to find him?

Meanwhile —

Caffeinate and Carry On!

Diane Capri

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4 Responses to Who’s Your Blue-Eyed Mommy?

  1. Karen McFarland April 23, 2016 at 4:46 pm #

    I have blue eyes. We could be related. Who knew? 🙂

  2. Julia dawn Mason April 23, 2016 at 6:27 pm #

    I do not have blue eyes, but my husband and two of my children have blue eyes. My oldest son and my daughter are both blue eyed blondes. My youngest son is a brown eyed blond who is currently serving out the last few months of a 20 year career in the U.S. Navy.

  3. syd harper April 23, 2016 at 6:27 pm #

    I have blue eyes and am of Jewish ancestry. believe that I am the only one in my family.

  4. genie April 23, 2016 at 6:53 pm #

    Blue eyes are recessive and persons with blue eyes can only produce that gene. A brown eyed person either carries two brown genes or one blue and one brown. A blue eyed parent and a parent with two brown genes will always produce brown eyed children. If the brown eyed patent carries one blue gene, each child they produce will have a 25% chance of having blue eyes. I hate it when tv shows have two blueyed parents with brown eyed kids! Not possible!

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