Nina Jablonski

Skin color is an illusion

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Filmed Jan 2009 at TED2009
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Nina Jablonski says that differing skin colors are simply our bodies' adaptation to varied climates and levels of UV exposure. Charles Darwin disagreed with this theory, but she explains, that's because he did not have access to NASA.

Nina Jablonski
/ Anthropologist

Nina Jablonski is author of Skin: A Natural History, a close look at human skin’s many remarkable traits: its colors, its sweatiness, the fact that we decorate it.  Full bio.

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