Prince Harry, Lily Cole, Ed Sheeran – there are plenty of wonderful redheads in the world, but all that could soon come to an end.
According to experts, people with ginger hair could be extinct in a few hundred years.
Thanks to climate change and the rapidly increasing temperature across the British Isles, the red hair/blue eyes combination is now the rarest in the world.
Scientists believe Brits once evolved over time to have red hair because of a lack of sunshine – ginger colouring allows people to get the maximum vitamin D from what little sun there is.
But now our hot weather and sunny days mean auburn locks have been made redundant.
The few red heads left seem to be congregating in Scotland – 650,000 of the Scottish population (13%) have ginger hair.
But that figure could fall dramatically if predictions about British climate change are true, meaning redheads could completely die out in a few centuries.
Speaking to The Daily Record, Dr Alistair Moffat, boss of genetic testing company ScotlandsDNA, said: “We think red hair in Scotland, Ireland and the north of England is adaptation to the climate. We do not get enough sun and have to get all the vitamin D we can.
“If it was to get less cloudy and there was more sun, there would be fewer people carrying the gene.”
There may be a glimmer of hope for our flame-haired friends though, as Joshua Akey, associate professor of genome sciences at University of Washington, has dismissed claims that ginger hair is dying out: “There is no scientifically compelling basis to the claim that redheads will become extinct in 100 years,” he told MSN News.