Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Craig, Blue-Eyed People RelatedAngelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Craig, and all blue-eyed people are related, according to the scientists of the University of Copenhagen: The mutation that made blue eyes possible in humans comes from a single common ancestor.

All Blue-eyed People Are Related

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper

Blue eyed stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are related.

The 10-year research confirmed that a particular mutation caused by a gene, which regulates the production of melanin in the iris, is shared by all blue-eyed people in the word.

Its specific position on the DNA spiral points out to a single person who is the common predecessor of each and every blue-eyed human.

As such, Angelina Jolie is not only related to Daniel Craig, but also to the husband Brad Pitt.

The on-screen love birds Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are apparently distant relatives. The Oscar-winner also has a genetic connection to her rumoured romantic interest Liam Hemsworth of the Hunger Games fame.

The Research

Blue eyes

Do you have blue eyes? You are related to every single blue-eyed human in the world.

Professor Hans Eiberg from the department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine insists that initially humans had brown eyes, according to the Science Daily report.

However, sometime around 10 to 6 thousand years ago, a single genetic mutation created a switch, which caused eyes to stop developing melanin in the iris.

The specifics of the mutation were such that it affected a certain gene in the human chromosome (OCA2 gene). This gene is responsible for production of melanin, the pigment that determines how dark is our skin, as well as the coloration of some other parts of our bodies.

People with the mutation that affects the production of melanin in the whole human body become albinos.

However, the remarkable mutation that caused the advent of blue-eyed humans had a different action: It only inhibited the production of melanin in the eyes.

The “knob” is located in the gene next to the OCA2, and it doesn’t turn it off entirely but diminishes the eye’s ability to produce melanin. The effect of this suppression results in the particular colouring of the eye, making them appear blue.

The mutation might have occurred about 400 generations ago, judging by the time frame.

The Single Ancestor

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth

Another pair of blue-eyed relatives, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, used to be an item.

The researchers analysed the location of the mutated gene in blue eyed people and concluded that its exact position is the same in all modern humans.

This means that the blue-eye mutation comes from a single shared ancestor. All the blue-eyed people you meet are related to this one person, a man or a woman, who developed this mutation several thousand years ago, survived into maturity and procreated.

To arrive to this finding, researchers compared DNA of people from different regions and races, ranging from Europe to Turkey and Jordan.

The research took over 10 years, following Eiberg’s theory that the gene OCA2 was responsible for the colouring of the eyes in people.

The Evolutionary Psychology Value

It is amazing that just one person with a special eye colour managed to propagate his or her DNA to millions of people in today’s world.

While Eiberg believes that the mutation was neutral in nature, in other words, didn’t influence the survival of the person either positively or negatively, its evolutionary psychological value would be dramatic.

Even today people are enchanted by a particular eye colour, and blue-eyed individuals may have been getting an advantage when seeking a mate and dating throughout history.

Imagine how this could break hearts of potential dating partners in prehistoric times when all people on the Earth had brown eyes. Although this single mutation survived and prospered over the past millennia, our fascination with the blue iris colour remains.

50 Celebrities Who Have Blue Eyes

  1. Jennifer Lawrence
  2. Bradley Cooper
  3. Angelina Jolie
  4. Brad Pitt
  5. Daniel Craig
  6. Tom Cruise
  7. Liam Hemsworth
  8. Chris Hemsworth
  9. Miley Cyrus
  10. Katy Perry
  11. Madonna
  12. Adele
  13. Taylor Swift
  14. Zac Efron
  15. Harry Styles
  16. Mark Zuckerberg
  17. Jennifer Aniston
  18. Jake Gyllenhaal
  19. Sienna Miller
  20. Jude Law
  21. Charlize Theron
  22. Sean Penn
  23. Russell Crowe
  24. Mel Gibson
  25. Nicole Kidman
  26. Naomi Watts
  27. Sharon Stone
  28. Reese Witherspoon
  29. Anna Kournikova
  30. Diane Kruger
  31. Leonardo Dicaprio
  32. Miranda Kerr
  33. Kylie Minogue
  34. Megan Fox
  35. Ben Stiller
  36. John Travolta
  37. Nicolas Cage
  38. Alec Baldwin
  39. Rachael Taylor
  40. Léa Seydoux
  41. Alexandra Daddario
  42. Dakota Johnson
  43. Amber Heard
  44. Henry Cavill
  45. Margot Robbie
  46. Goldie Hawn
  47. Tom Hanks
  48. Cara Delevingne
  49. Michael Fassbender
  50. Matthew McConaughey

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Michael Golden
Michael Golden

Elena, this is a most interesting. If true it would disprove the theory that blue eyes, along with other features like red hair, were genes inherited from Neanderthal ancestors.

The extent of the inheritance of this mutated gene from one progenitor over the course of only ten thousand years seems astronomical. Given that this recessive allele requires that the individual be homozygous for the trait, statistically twice as many brown eyed individuals would possess a single copy. This would make them relatives, as well.