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Human skin color

Human skin color can range from almost black to nearly colorless (appearing pinkish white due to the blood in the skin) in different people.

In general, people with ancestors from sunny regions have darker skin than people with ancestors from regions with less sunlight.

Skin color is determined by the amount and type of the pigment melanin in the skin.

Note:   The above text is excerpted from the Wikipedia article "Human skin color", which has been released under the GNU Free Documentation License.
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