Why do East Indians looks dark or darker than African Americans?

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  • 1 month ago
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    Typically they don't.

  • David
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Africans intermarried with Asians.  The hot climate of India reacted with the melanin, making their skin darker.

  • 1 month ago

    The first humans, evolving near the equator, had dark skin. This allowed the melanin in the skin to prevent damage from UV radiation from the Sun. As humans moved out of Africa and moved north through Asia and then into Europe, the same level of melanin was not required. Melanin also slows the production of Vitamin D in the skin. When the solar radiation  is intense, this does not matter, but as humans moved away from the equator into areas of weaker sun, paler skin became necessary with the increased production of Vitamin D being a result of less melanin which was fine with the weaker sun.

    One group of humans, rather than moving north into Asia moved across southern Asia reaching Australia about 50,000 years ago. These people stayed close to the equator so their skin remained dark - and that is what we see today. African Americans are the descendants of slaves from west Africa. Most African Americans have European ancestry as slaves with "white" blood were more valuable than dark skinned slaves. As they are a cross between west Africans and Europeans, they have paler skin than west Africans,  southern Asians and Australians.

  • Bob
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Melanin: The pigment that gives human skin, hair, and eyes their color. Dark-skinned people have more melanin in their skin than light-skinned people have. ... It provides some protection again skin damage from the sun, and the melanocytes increase their production of melanin in response to sun exposure.

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