While less than 2 percent of the worlds population has red hair, these ginger folks arent disappearing anytime soon. A few years ago, the media reported that climate change was going to wipe out all redheads. The internet has also spread “proof” that red-headed people arent long for this world.
Will red hair eventually disappear?
Recessive genes can become rare but dont disappear completely unless everyone carrying that gene dies or fails to reproduce. So while red hair may remain rare, enough people carry the gene that, barring global catastrophe, redheads should continue to appear for some time.
Will redheads become extinct in the future?
REDHEADS are becoming rarer and could be extinct in 100 years, according to genetic scientists. The current National Geographic magazine reports that less than two per cent of the worlds population has natural red hair, created by a mutation in northern Europe thousands of years ago.
Why is red hair disappearing?
The National Geographic article in fact states while redheads may decline, the potential for red isnt going away. Red hair is caused by a relatively rare recessive allele (variant of a gene), the expression of which can skip generations. It is not likely to disappear at any time in the foreseeable future.
Is red hair decreasing?
Redheads are definitely on the decline. Unless there is some unknown advantage to having red hair, they will eventually become very rare. But they will not disappear altogether. Estimates say that only 4% of the human population carries the red hair gene.