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How Believable is it for a Person With Auburn Hair to Have Black Eyes?


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I’m writing a story, and the main character has auburn hair. For some reason, I got the idea to make him have black or at least very dark brown eyes. That doesn’t seem to believable though. Not to say I’m writing the most realistic story ever, but eye color matters too.

Help?

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2 comments

  1. Looks possible but not very likely…
    ….genes for hair and eye color are found on several chromosomes, and they tend to be very close to each other on their respective chromosomes. Because traits like red hair and green eyes arose in the same population, they are found on the same chromosome. In addition, traits like brown hair and brown eyes are dominant, while traits like red hair and green eyes are recessive. So, red hair and brown eyes are uncommon because there is a low chance that the gene for brown eyes will recombine onto a chromosome with the gene for red hair, and in order for someone to have red hair and brown eyes, they would have to have two copies of the gene for red hair and at least one copy of a gene for brown hair.

    Maybe you can work into the story that they use brown contacts for some reason.

  2. Depends. In Asia countries, we can tell when a person change their hair color. But in Western countries, you can be assured no one can tell.

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