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