It is generally believed that all human beings share approximately 98 percent of their genetic makeup. Over the centuries though, DNA has evolved, changed and mutated, so some of us bear little similarities to our ancestors in regard to things like physical features and height.
Even though many people go to great lengths to appear like everybody else, we almost all have something that makes us different from the next person. Usually it's a personality trait, some skill we know, or a talent that not many people have.
Some of us, however, have physical characteristics that make us stand out in a crowd: such as our height, complexion, or the shapes of our faces. Most of these are just a part of our genetic makeup, but some are the direct result of genetic mutations.
What Is a Genetic Mutation?
Put simply, a genetic mutation is when something in our DNA doesn't quite do what it's supposed to. People generally associate the term with birth defects and, indeed, conditions such as albinism, deformities and even some mental conditions.
Deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, is our genetic blueprint. It tells our cells what do do as we develop. Genetic mutations are the result of a change or a 'misfire' in our DNA. These genetic mutations are often passed down from parent to child, which is why we often resemble our parents and sometimes inherit diseases like diabetes, sickle-cell anemia, certain cancers, asthma and, sometimes, a resistance to specific diseases.
Polymorphisms are genetic changes that occur in more than one percent of the population. These are responsible for hair color, eye color and blood type. These DNA changes do not just occur in humans, but are also responsible for different traits and varieties in other species, such as the black Labrador retriever and their yellow or chocolate cousins.
It is generally accepted in the scientific world that modern homo sapiens first originated in Africa about two-hundred thousand years ago. Without genetic mutations, we would likely all bear the same dark skin, brown hair and brown eyes of our ancestors. The term usually has negative connotations, but some of the results of mutations are not harmful. It's important not to think of a genetic mutation as a defect. It's simply a change in our cellular makeup. So do not fill out your application for Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters just yet.
The general consensus is that the first red-headed human appeared in Africa about 50,000 years ago. Soon after, people with fiery hair began migrating to Europe. But how did red hair happen in the first place?
Scientists have declared that red hair is a genetic mutation of sorts that occurs in less than three percent of the entire human population. In some areas, such as Great Britain, red hair occurs in as much as six percent of the population. It is the rarest hair color among humans and is often associated with very fair skin, light colored eyes and freckles.
The genetic culprit is the gene melanocortin 1 receptor, or MC1R. MC1R is located in the cell membrane and is affected by the pituitary gland. The pigment pheomelanin is what gives hair its red color. 50,000 years ago, a genetic anomaly occurred that caused MC1R to release more pheomelanin that normal and, viola, a redhead was born.
Red hair is referred to as a recessive gene. For a recessive trait to be inherited, both parents have to be carrying a copy of the trait in their DNA. Because both parents need to have the recessive gene to pass it on to their children, certain traits often skip at least one generation.
Blond hair is also a genetic mutation believed to have first occurred about 11,000 years ago. The color is thought to be so prevalent in certain areas of the globe, especially Europe, because of sexual selection. Since blond hair was rare and prized, people possessing it were more often chosen as mates.
All humans originally had brown eyes, which occurred because of the large amount of pigment that gives color to the eyes. Scientists believe that blue eyes first occurred between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago, and that all people with blue eyes share a single, common ancestor.
The gene OCA2 controls melanin, the pigment that gives us our coloring. Because of the mutation of an adjacent gene, HERC2, OCA2 turned itself off, like a switch, and allowed humans' eyes to turn blue or, rather, disallowed the eyes to be colored by pigment.
Blue eyes were previously thought to be a recessive gene, but that theory has been proven incorrect. If one parent has blue eyes and the other has brown, the resulting children will generally, but not always, have brown eyes as they are the more dominant trait. Also, two brown-eyed parents can produce a child with an eye color other than brown, even if there are no ancestors with blue or green eyes.
OCA2 is also responsible for albinism: when it is completely turned off, people are born with no pigment in their eyes, skin or hair.
Green eyes are actually a form of brown eyes caused by the amount of melanin that is found in the iris, while Amber eyes are a result of extra yellow-colored pigment in the iris and Grey eyes are caused by deposits of collagen in the iris. Hazel eyes are caused by the amount of melanin in the iris and are affected by Rayleigh scattering, which allows the color to shift in certain lights.
Though Elizabeth Taylor's beautiful eyes were considered to be violet and were one of her largest claims to fame, they were actually a shade of blue. Violet, purple and red eyes can only occur with albinism.
A fairly rare eye color condition, heterochromia iridium, allows for each eye to become a different color. This does not only occur in humans, but also in animals. Husky dogs, for example, often have two different colored eyes. This condition, usually caused by a genetic mutation, can also be inherited. The other causes of Heterochromia are disease and injury. A variation of this condition, sectoral heterochromia, causes some to have multiple colors in the same eye.
So, Are We Mutants or Just Different?
Gingers get picked on, often called carrot tops, and sometimes kids offer to connect the dots of their freckles. There are millions of "dumb blond" jokes too, and some people are creeped out by people with multi-colored eyes. People who have these differences often wish they didn't, while those who don't have them often wish they did.
It is true that some of these physical features are caused by genetic mutations, but, in the end, these are just some of the things that make us different. The world would be a very boring place if we all looked exactly alike. After all, variety is the spice of life.
Interesting Scientific Video about Genetic Mutations
Questions & Answers
Question: Why do red heads have scratch marks on their skin?
Answer: Redheads usually have very fair skin and it shows damage like scratches more easily than other skin tones.
Question: Are red eyes a genetic mutation?
Answer: I’m not sure. I think red eyes would likely fall into the albinism mutation.
Question: My red head son is very sensitive to spicy foods. Is that common among read heads?
Answer: I don’t think hair color has anything to do with it. I love spicy food!
Question: I have red hair/blue eyes. My wife has blonde hair/brown eyes. Our children both have blue eyes but my son is a red head and my daughter is blonde. How prevalent is our family makeup in North America vs Europe?
Answer: Honestly, it’s hard to say. I’m not a scientist. I do know that my grandfather had red hair and green eyes, both my parents had dark hair and dark brown eyes and I have red hair and dark brown eyes.
© 2012 GH Price
SoulFundsHumor on August 15, 2020:
Hello my Friend, may I add the hint of Thank You deeply & the giggle because that was really an Awesome Article. Love the name of the Site. Cool information.
shorty on February 19, 2020:
When i was born my hair was red but fell out into a almost bleach blonde with small traces of red, curly hair and started to very slowly turn red and straiten out.my eyes are either completely green or grey at times. do i count as mutant???
Leeann Dominique Holt on June 23, 2019:
I was born with red hair(peach fuzz technically) and it fell out and came back white blonde. So what does that mean or why? Ill be 25 August 9th and im a blonde hair green eyed female. Yes intelligence is one of my main advantages but my eyes and my hair are my personal favorites.
Zombie on April 22, 2019:
Blue eyes, pale skin and apparently my natural hair is a coppery blonde .(was called carrot top when younger but my hair was not green so . .meh to them . .) Hair is now black and blue. Lol
Ugly guy on February 12, 2019:
I'm a ugly dirty blond (not a mutant part) with blue eyes (mutant part). I prefer brunettes.
Nick on February 10, 2019:
I am a strawberry blonde with grey/blue eyes freckles
Jordan on December 14, 2018:
Im blue eyed, with strawberry blonde hair, freckles and super pale
Nathan on September 24, 2018:
I have thick red hair and medium blue eyes that also have some gold mixed in!
Olivia on March 27, 2018:
I am a red haired blue eyes person!
Autumn on February 11, 2018:
So I have red natural thick hair and deep blue grayish eyes. And I'm glad to know the secret behind them. Thank you hubpages for finally getting to know myself better. I also have freckles that I'm not so fond of.
GalaxyRat on June 05, 2017:
Neither. Nice Hub though. How I wish I was a mutant... and if you'll excuse me, let me go talk to Prof. Xavier about tips on mind controlling. Cheers.
bumpsonpenis from California on July 05, 2016:
Very useful information, I love it!
Adirondack Anne on July 05, 2016:
I have a great grandson who has a white, strawberry blonde, blue eyed mother and an African American father. When the sun shines on his hair it is red but at other times it is a dark brown. His eyes are large and brown.
Clara on December 04, 2015:
I have strawberry blonde hair and blue green eyes... what soes that make me?
Pam H. on November 17, 2015:
I have red hair & hazel eyes, but if i wear an aqua top my eyes change to that color. Among the first cousins there are 3 girls & 1 boy who have red hair. My oldest has strawberry blond hair with hazel eyes & my youngest has red hair with brown eyes.
Sharette on October 08, 2015:
There's a guy who sits next to me in class who has red hair and blue eyes:)
I have deep blue/black eyes and blonde hair. I have my hair dyed red though because i love red hair/blue eye combination! It's so perfect!
Emily on August 19, 2015:
I have red hair that shines orange in the sun, and I have blue green eyes. Im proud to be a mutant!
Dianne Davidson on March 29, 2015:
The word is voila, not viola.
TRY It Before You BUY It on January 12, 2015:
ShirleyJCJohnson on November 29, 2014:
I resemble this article!!!!!! (lol) I have blue eyes. They are my best physical attribute and asset. My red hair, well, that's from a box. If red hair, though, is a mutation, why do men like women with red hair. That's exactly why I color my hair a bright to medium auburn color; my husband appreciates it and I always figured it looks good with my eyes. I've always secretly wished for red hair, though.
ashley on November 05, 2014:
i am tall (for a girl) 5'9, very pale (sunburns), almost like a greyish-periwinkle-blue eyes, and medium ash-blonde superfine hair that shines silver (uurgh!).i also have every kind of freckle known to man, and only one wisdom tooth (another mutation) my brother is also tall (6'2), fair but tans really well, more of a baby blue in his eyes, and golden blonde hair (normal thickness). he has a few freckles and he has every wisdom tooth BUT the one i have is missing ( ?! ) mother is 5'3, same colouring as me, no idea aout the teeth. dad is 5'7, olive skinned, dark brown hair, baby blue eyes, had all his wisdom teeth.
it might be worth it to note that my mom, grandma, and baba (grams mum), and i all have the same certain freckles in the same spots. my brother and i have two that we share that no one else does.
mum and i are also the only flat ones in our family. (also a mutation)
not to mention the countless deficiencies... genetics are crazy! (least i saved a fortune at the dentist!)
ashley on November 05, 2014:
that post by scarede cat was offensive. i resent that implication.
nora on October 19, 2014:
i have blonde hair and blue eyes so does my dad (his turned brown after he married my mom) my sister also does but one of her eyes is half blue and half brown straight down the middle its very weird. then my other sister, my brother, and my mom have red hair and blue eyes. my dad and my redhead sister have husky blue eyes and mine are grey blue and my moms eyes are blue and look hazel sometimes. but please tell me im not the only one who thinks my family has a weird combination?
suzyq on July 25, 2014:
i was born with bright red hair and blue light blue eyes,by the age of 5 my hair was almost white.then in my teens my hair was straberryblone and my eye were very dark blue.now im older and my hair has blonde, red and brown.
Jillian on July 21, 2014:
I find it interesting that you said green eyes come from brown eyes. I was born with very blue eyes, around 11 they turned green like my fathers. I have always assumed it was derived from blue eyes, my brother and father had the same thing happen, but their eyes went from blue to green around the age of 4. My parents where both brunettes. A trait only I enherited. My sister and brother are both red heads. But my sister has brown eyes like our mother. My son is a double mutant red hair and blue eyes, though they have already begun changing to green, just as mine did.
Elizabeth on May 24, 2014:
both my parents have brown hair Dad ( has siblings with red hair ;has blue eyes) mom (brown hair & hazel eyes). I have red hair & hazel eyes; my sister blonde & blue eyes.
My husband has brown hair (with red highlights when he has facial hair & hazel eyes). I have red hair and hazel eyes. My son has blonde hair & blue eyes and our daughter has red hair & blue eyes.
Yusuki on May 05, 2014:
I wish I had red hair.... I have curly honey-blonde hair and freckles... my sis is the one you want! (-.-)
Josh on April 29, 2014:
Hi I'm white as ever with dark black hair blue eyes and biggest pet peeve... freckles,! But my mom is red headed blue eyes.
mattthe moosey on April 24, 2014:
I have auburn hair, no Color in my skin, and orange (technically amber) eyes. So that makes 3 for me. I also have lactose intolerance, which means that I don't have the common mutation that lets humans eat/drink dairy. So drinking milk is a mutation too guys.
Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on April 05, 2014:
Voted up and interesting :) + awesome :). Very fun hub. Have a great week
James.H.Slaven on April 04, 2014:
i'm more mutated than that i have flexible bone plating in my fists and chest i also have a second adrenaline gland plus extra sets of teeth which get pointier and pointier WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME!!!
jess on March 29, 2014:
I have dark honey blond hair and blue/green eyes and my eyes can turn a really light clear blue or a darkish green or anywhere in-between
Kay on March 23, 2014:
I have a mutation of the eyes, but I'm the only person I know who has it. My eyes would be a lovely teal color, if it wasn't for the yellow and gold trying to overrule the teal. So my eyes are probably one of the first of a new mutation, plus I only have 1 grandfather with blue eyes. Most people find my eyes creepy :)!
greeneyedblondie on March 05, 2014:
Blue eyes with blonde hair really run in my family but I'm one of those rare green eyed ones! Hence my name.
tabi on March 01, 2014:
I have red hair n blue eyes n I never really considered my self as a mutant
In science class though we learned that redheads were the first to evolve
Steph on February 20, 2014:
My daughter has beautiful red hair and blue eyes. I have blue eyes and so does her dad.
Andi on February 15, 2014:
I am a red haired bluish greyish eyed mutant and I love being one and all but it does have its cons I hate bit being able to tan but then I love it cuz what kind of redhead would look good with dark skin the most I can get us a little but darker in the summer after getting burnt of course but in the winter I have a peachy skin color. My eyes also change colors it usually depend in the clothes I am wearing and I wonder why that is. But all together I love being a redheaded child :D well more of an auburn/strawberry blonde also one thing I forgot to mention is that in the summer my hair kind of turns a blonder color.
Daddubear on February 08, 2014:
I´m ginger , I had 3 sisters and ALL of us were ginger , I realize, maybe now, that it ´s pretty weird istn´t it .
I ´m tho only who remains alive now
redblue on February 04, 2014:
I have been called ginger so many times that is bassicly what everyone calls me and I'm just fine with it
Jenna on January 22, 2014:
my brother was born with really dark red hair (doctors thought it was blood) he soon after lost his full head of hair and it grew brown but now the weird thing is that when he grows a beard that is the same color of but still only has brown hair, why is that? (he has green eyes)
David on January 02, 2014:
I think I have a real genetic mix. I'm a blue eyed red head whose father and his grandfather had two coloured eyes. My father was dark but everyone else was red headed. Funny.
James E Cressler from Orlando, Florida on December 12, 2013:
Interesting...I don't believe most of it, but entertaining as well!
GH Price (author) from North Florida on December 10, 2013:
My hair changes with the seasons, too. I used to dye it redder in the winter because it turns dark but I've gotten too old for all that nonsense!
weluvmike on December 10, 2013:
My hair is seemingly always changing color dependent on the season, really....it's red and in the summer it's mixed with blonde, like a strawberry-blonde and during the winter it's more brown, like an Auburn; my eyes change dependent on what I'm wearing between bright blue to a sea green mixed with blue It's really cool, I used to HATE it but now it makes me unique and which girl doesn't want redhead babies!!
corey on December 05, 2013:
Bold red hair and striking blue eyes here, I've never had a problem with it, the burning sun thing kinda sucks though!
Redd on November 21, 2013:
I too am a mutant and proud of it! I have red hair that has never been able to be duplicated in a bottle, believe me my mom tried for over 30 years to find it. But I also have rare mood eyes, also a mutation. When I cry they turn an emerald green, when happy they turn crystal blue, when blah they turn grey. On average they are blue with a steel grey ring.
yup on November 19, 2013:
I have a great nephew who is almost 1year old, he is half white and half Guatemalan he is as white as any other white person. He has the most awesome (sea color) blue eyes. His mom has brown hair/blue eyes and his dad. He babies dad has dark brown hair and brown eyes, it looks like the babies hair is turning color it looks like it is turning red. Why would this be
patsythedog12345 on November 17, 2013:
hi have blue eyes
MaHayla on September 16, 2013:
I have Auburn hair and bright blue eyes,but I love them even if I can't tan.
Karin on August 03, 2013:
I would like to ask something and hoping that somebody will be able to answer. If not the author then maybe somebody else who knows.
My grandmother had brown eyes, not hazel or anything, like real chocolate brown eyes. They looked almost dark reddish in the sun.
My grandfather had blue eyes, just regular middle toned blue.
My mother got these really like ocean blue eyes. A really deep, a little bit darker than the most blue eyes I've seen but nevertheless super blue. Her brother got light green eyes.
My father had an icy shade of blue, and all family that I know of on his side of the family have blue eyes.
Now I myself have the weirdest eye color, they are green. BUT I also have sectoral heterochromia in my left eye. About 35-40% of it is brown.
Both my eyes are green, but the eye without the heterochromia are more of a blue/green shade. Or maybe it's just an illusion you get because of the brown in the other one, I don't know. They're not hazel/green anyway, just blue/green.
Another strange thing is that my eyes where blue (completely blue, even without the heterochromia) until I was about 5-6 years. The change didn't happen quickly, rather very slow. No one seemed to notice really. Not even myself really, it was more in the early teen years I started to notice and my mother told me that that's just the way I look. But when you look at pictures from when I was about 5-6 years they are a clear blue.
Lately my sectoral heterochromia has gotten darker too, more noticable, the last couple of years.
Why is this? How come I got this strange eye color when both my parents are blue eyed? Shouldn't I genetically be blue eyed? Blue being recessive and all?
I'm also blond btw, in later years it has turned into kind of a strawberry blond. When I was younger it was more of a light wheat-blond color. I'm 25 now.
I'm 100% swedish, if that matters.
Could somebody please explain how it works? Because this have really been om my mind lately.
JamieMcQ on August 03, 2013:
Really good info and postings in the comments section.... I am truly a mutant. I am Irish, have very dark brown/black (now going grey) hair, pale freckled skin and I have three colours in my eyes amber, blue and green, both eyes share the same colours. I went to an optician (very lovely she was) she asked me if it was ok for her to take photos of my eyes as she had never seen it before.... I was more hoping for a date.
Lauren on July 31, 2013:
Haha. I have both red hair and blue eyes, it runs in my mother's side of the family. So what if we are 'mutants'? I am in Junior high and almost everybody in my class comments how pretty I am and how beautiful my red hair and or blue eyes are. I'm proud to be who I am and what I look like :) Thank you for this, it was very interesting and somewhat reassuring for people like me out there.
Raven on July 25, 2013:
hello! I really like the info you gave me. It's fascinating! My mom has blue eyes(but in one eye it has specks of green) and has blonde hair and my dad has deep brown eyes and dark brown hair(nearly black) I have blue/grey eyes and dark brown hair (more chocolate than black though) I can't really decide on my eye color because sometimes it's blue and sometimes it's a gray(most of the time grey)How did I end up with this color of gray?
rhiannah on July 19, 2013:
I have red hair and sectoral heterochromia! Having 3/4 green and 1/4 brown in one of my eyes. I'm feeling quite special!!
Amber on July 08, 2013:
Red hair & blue eyes! Whoot whoot mutants (;
Gervaseus Nerik on March 30, 2013:
I have several mutations which include but are not limited to red hair, blue eyes, and RLS. I believe my mutations help define me.
pearca on March 09, 2013:
I have red hair and blue eyes! And I love everything about it and I'm proud of who I am and wouldn't change it for anything.
Shannon on February 18, 2013:
I have red hair and blue eyes. I prefer to think of us as unique, as opposed to mutant!
angie! on February 17, 2013:
i have a best friend who has red hair and green/blue eyes (she likes to pretend they change depending on the clothes she wears). i've already known about the red hair and blue eyes being mutations, but i had no idea about the origins of the other eye colours! very cool, i'm jealous. (brown eyes, black hair, dark skin, and i still get sunburns!)
emilyarkangel on February 13, 2013:
i have blonde hair and blue eyes, they sometimes turn into a hazel. But my father had blonde hair, then turned black at age 16. mom has brown hair, and so does my grandma. everyone in my family has brown hair and eyes. so i was looked on as an angel in my family. I also love reading these articles, very interesting!
C-C88 on January 10, 2013:
So interesting! I am strawberry blonde, I was born with red hair, so my mom thought I'd be a redhead, but by the time I reached 6mths-1yrs old, my hair had turned to white-blonde, with dark eyebrows & eyelashes. Once I hit around 5 or 6, it started to darken, now it is more red in the winter, and more blonde in the summer due to natural highlights. This post provided me with answers to my curiosity as to how I ended up with this hair and eye colour! My dad has blue eyes and almost black hair, and my mom has blondy-brown hair with hazel eyes. My eyes are blue, dark around the edges fading to lighter blue, but around the iris, they are yellow, so they are often mistaken as green as in colour mixing, blue and yellow make green :) I also have a genetic mutation of the eyes, causing me to have 3 rows of eyelashes instead of one, called 'distichiasis'. Elizabeth Taylor also had this condition!
Tiffany Francis on January 04, 2013:
Im fourteen and a red head with blue eyes. I always asked my parents why i have red hair and the didn't. I never knew it was a recesive gene now I'm proud to be part of only a small portion of people that get the have red hair natturally I'm so lucky. And apparently red hair runs in my family.
Bhavya on December 25, 2012:
Hey Guys... uu all r sooo lucky..... :) Well m not so, I hav black hair n brownish black eyes... :( But i'll love to marry a girl with blue/green/hazel eyes n brown/red hairs when I grow up.... :)
GH Price (author) from North Florida on December 18, 2012:
Well, I'm not a scientist, but I'll try!
First of all, most people's eyes do change color. Mine are dark brown but, when I'm happy, they're almost an amber color. Hazel eyes are made up of different colors, so different light settings or even the clothes you wear can make them appear darker, lighter, blue, green or even grey.
As for your white hairs, age really means nothing. They're white because, for some reason, they have no pigment. It doesn't mean you're old! I'm 41 and have no grey hair, yet my little brothers both had it in their late twenties.
The important thing is that you are unique. And I bet your brown hair and hazel eyes together are very pretty. :)
Amanda on December 17, 2012:
I have Brownish/Hazel eyes :) My great Grandpa had blue eyes. My mother, green when she cries. I've never understood why... My eyes actually change color sometimes. It's odd that they turn green, but it's happened and my friend and I were amazed when we notice it. No idea why but its pretty cool! I would love to have blue eyes. Wouldn't care to be called a freak or whatever, dimples are a mutation, yet people like them. I mean, I myself don't care for them, but some of my friends do. My hair.....is weird. Since I was like 5 I can remember my mom telling me that within my brown hair I had white hairs. Of course back then I didn't care, but now I try to pull out all the white hairs I find (I'm 13) classmates have told me I have white hairs and am old or you know, typical jerks being themselves. :/ It makes me feel weird and unconfortable. I have also been told I have red hairs. Which I am cool with. Can you please do your best to explain the why I have had white hairs since probably birth and why my eyes change color?
GH Price (author) from North Florida on December 10, 2012:
You're in good company with Willie Nelson and Frank Sinatra!
Thanks for the comment! :)
Shawn Jarvis from Virginia on December 10, 2012:
Very interesting that all of us with blue eyes share a common ancestor. Great hub.
? on December 01, 2012:
I have curly red hair and blue green eyes but im still beautiful
kat For Scarede Cat on November 30, 2012:
I don't know if you were serious, but I'm still going to answer.
First, people get grey hair when they get older. If they're not old, still people can get prematurely grey caused by stress for example. And people have lighter hair on top and darker under because sun lightens the top ones.
Secondly, eye color and hair color can change when you get older, don't know why though. Like me, I had dark blue eyes and brownish curly hair when I was little, but now I have a bit lighter blue eyes and truly blonde hair. Maybe it's just that you're not fully developped when you are young, or something like that...
Scarede Cat on November 11, 2012:
I have 2 questions if someone could answer them for my curiosity ??
1.I have seen some people with kinda grey hairs or dark yellow hairs with green shine . what's the reason for green hairs on humans. Also have seen humans with multi color hairs on same head (NO DYEING). Dark hairs underneath some light hair on top of head.
2. Do your hair and eye color changes with age. I have seen babies with lighter eyes and hairs but they changed to darker hair and eyes as they grow older.
Scarede Cat on November 11, 2012:
Glad to hear i am the FIRST and ORIGINAL human with black hairs and black eye. All these blond are mutant, who came after me as younger humans with masks on their faces lol.
I am 200,000 yrs old while these Maskets are just 1/20th of my age.
I love Einstein who had black hair s and black Eyes while STUPID Hitler was blond... hahahahaha
GH Price (author) from North Florida on November 10, 2012:
I honestly have no idea! If your eyes are changing color, though, you might want to tell your doctor!
Charlotte on November 10, 2012:
Ok, so I have blue eyes. But a couple of years ago I noticed one of my eyes was or rather is green. And in the the eye that remained blue there was a brown stripe right down the middle of my eye!?
GH Price (author) from North Florida on November 02, 2012:
My hair is actually getting darker as I get older. In the winter it's almost brown and the red doesn't really come out until I'm in the sun. I kind of want it to go white instead of grey, though!
Thank you for the comment!
ps. Freaks are awesome! :D
RiderJen on November 02, 2012:
Interesting article, thank you for sharing that redheads aren't the only mutants, haha! As I age, my red hair has faded to strawberry blonde and many people think I'm actually blonde. I have green eyes. And, I do tan. A redhead who tans -- talk about a freak, haha!
GH Price (author) from North Florida on November 01, 2012:
I bet your eyes are beautiful, and YAY for red hair! :)
brittanyy on October 31, 2012:
I'm a double mutant! I have red hair and my right eye is blueish grey and my left eye is green!
GH Price (author) from North Florida on October 30, 2012:
Mutants are awesome! We all look like my daddy, too, so no mailman in our family! I love blue eyes, and really wish I had them to go with my red hair. Thank you for the comment! :)
Chewy Mommy on October 30, 2012:
My son is definitely a mutant, haha! The little guy has the most beautiful blue eyes ever, yet he has two brown eyed parents. Luckily he looks like his Daddy or people would think he was the mailman's kid ;-)
GH Price (author) from North Florida on October 28, 2012:
I'm okay with my mutant-ness. ;)
This Hub was a lot of fun to do, and I find genetics fascinating, but I sure don't have the brain for it!
Thank you for the comments! :)
Melissa Propp from Minnesota on October 28, 2012:
Fascinating! I have always been interested in genes and genetic mutations. I really enjoyed the entire article, but I especially liked the eye color explanations. Really interesting stuff, thanks for sharing.
John-Rose from USA on October 28, 2012:
Maby I shouldn't have used mutant so many times in so few sentances, sorry. I love red heads. I love the word mutant as well. :) ~ John
GH Price (author) from North Florida on October 28, 2012:
I'm one of those ginger mutants... lol. It's not so bad.
Thank you for the comment! :)
John-Rose from USA on October 28, 2012:
Love the Hub. I'm not a mutant, but I know one at work. I have heard him mention that gingers are mutations. Now I have read it on HP. This was a very interesting hub. Thank you for writing it. John
GH Price (author) from North Florida on October 23, 2012:
If you find out, let me know. I love interesting facts! :)
Annie on October 23, 2012:
That's really interesting, this is something I now want to look into! Thanks so much :)
GH Price (author) from North Florida on October 22, 2012:
That's a question I can't answer. I've heard of people with hazel eyes having green and red flecks, but never green. I bet they're beautiful, though. :)
Green eyes themselves are brown with extra yellow pigment, so the red flecks could have something to do with that?
Annie on October 22, 2012:
Hi, I was wondering if red eyes would be considered a mutation as well? I have dark brown hair that shines cherry red in the sun, a medium beige complextion, and my eyes are bright green with a lot of gold and red pigment but the red really seems to stand out and I am always complimented for my eyes (someone once aaid they reminded him of christmas! lol) but I have no idea where they come from. My dad has blonde hair and blue eyes and my mom brown hair and hazel eyes. Are red pigmented eyes a mutation as well? Thanks!
GH Price (author) from North Florida on October 21, 2012:
Thank you, Naseem. I totally dig my red hair! :)
Naseem Alam from New Delhi, India on October 21, 2012:
Yes !! I like Red hair.Becoz it is very attractive.
GH Price (author) from North Florida on September 27, 2012:
Congratulations, you won the genetic roll of the dice! Seriously, brown eyes are normal, green and blue are the exceptions.
Vpm on September 27, 2012:
My mom has green eyes and my dad has light brown eyes.me and my little brother both have brown eyes.why?if all of my moms side of the family have either blue of green eyes.
GH Price (author) from North Florida on September 19, 2012:
I do feel your pain. I've never had a tan in my life!
Thank you for commenting! :)
DayDreamingKitten on September 19, 2012:
i have blondeish/reddish hair. strawberry blonde i suppose. with easily burnable skin and blue/grey eyes. TTwTT only thing i dislike is the amount of body hair... x_x *not a happy girl*
GH Price (author) from North Florida on September 18, 2012:
I always wanted blue eyes. I'm glad you're cool with it! :)
Kureha Hana on September 18, 2012:
I am a red head with blue eyes, but I am fine with it...
GH Price (author) from North Florida on September 17, 2012:
I come from a long line of redheads, so I'm in good mutant company! Totally okay with it!
Thanks for commenting! :)
Danielle on September 17, 2012:
This info is true. I'm ok being a mutant! I have blue eyes, brown hair and fair skin. The only ones who are not mutants are the people with the darkest complexions; thank you!
GH Price (author) from North Florida on September 12, 2012:
It sounds like you're working harder to convince yourself than the rest of us. ;)
GH Price (author) from North Florida on September 12, 2012:
David J Beatty,
I would have answered your comment sooner but, for some reason, it came across as spam. Not that I think you're spammy or anything!
To answer your question, you will have to look back further than your father and mother. Both of my parents have dark eyes and dark brown hair. I have red hair and brown eyes, my oldest younger brother has brown hair and hazel eyes and my youngest brother has brown hair and brown eyes. I'm very fair skinned and my brothers tan easily. We do look enough alike that, when we're standing side by side, you can tell that we are somehow related.
My father's family has tons of redheads, so that's where I'm sure I got it from. The hazel eyes my brother has are also prevalent on my daddy's side of the family. My mother was adopted, so we have no idea what traits her birth family carried.
It all comes down to genetics. Or, rather, recessive genes and probability. Somewhere in your family tree are the genes that make you and your brothers and sisters appearances so different.