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Copernicus Had Blue Eyes

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« on: July 12, 2009, 01:07:47 am »

Recent studies have shown that this HERC2 variant is also associated with lighter hair color and lighter skin.

"Indeed, Copernicus most probably had blue eyes and should also have lighter skin and hair color," Wojciech Branicki, at the Institute of Forensic Research in Krakow, Poland, told Discovery News.

The finding is rather unexpected, since the great astronomer is usually portrayed with dark eyes.

According to the researchers, a possible explanation for this discrepancy is that contemporary portraits of Copernicus were often made using a chalcography technique, which does not reflect actual colors.

"Thus, it is possible that the initial impression of dark eye color created by a faulty technique color could have been replicated by other artists," the researchers concluded.
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