GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – Genetic Scientists have confirmed that the last redhead will be born in 2015!
Redheads or “gingers,” as British and Australian citizens call them, are going extinct. The Scotland Genetic Center, made up of some of the world’s top redheaded genetic scientists, have predicted that there will be no more redheads born after 2015 and very few walking the planet in 2050.
The recessive gene for red hair is dying out. It is not showing up with the frequency it once did. Even if a woman or man is carrying the “red hair” gene today – there are very few.
There have been rumors of redhead extinction before, but now genetic experts around the world agree that redhead extinction is inevitable.
Red hair is caused by a mutation in the MC1R gene. It’s also a recessive trait, so it takes both parents passing on a mutated version of the MC1R gene to produce a redheaded child. It used to a skip a generation – but scientists have said the “skipping” is coming to an end.
Global intermingling, which broadens the availability of possible partners, has reduced the chances of redheads meeting and so producing little redheads of their own is diminishing rapidly.
Although it takes only one red-haired parent to produce ginger babies, two redheads obviously creates a much stronger possibility. And for some reason, redheads are no longer attracted to each other.
If the gingers want to save themselves they will have to start breeding with other gingers. “They need to make more redheaded babies,” said Dr. Sean Darby. “They only hope is if that redheads mate and produce three or four babies each. The odds will increase. Otherwise – bye-bye redheads.”
In the United States, it is estimated that 2-6% of the population has red hair. This would give the U.S. the largest population of redheads in the world, at 6 to 18 million, compared to approximately 650,000 in Scotland and 420,000 in Ireland.
But by 2020 the number in the U.S. will drop to 2 million, in Scotland 200,000 and Ireland – 120,00.
Some Scots were happy to learn of the redhead extinction: “They have a specific odor, redheads do, and I don’t like it,” said Mary Conley of Glasgow.
Well, whether redheads smell or not, they won’t be around much longer. This man be the last redheaded man standing: