The rules of ecology (Gloger, Shelford, Bergman, Allen) deal mainly with the extremities of nature as seen in the polar opposites in Africa’s equatorial Africa where human life began. Of all the classical ecological views of ecology, only Gloger deals directly with melanin as opposed to others anthropologists.
In 1833, Dr. Gloger wrote about his observations on the regularities that occur between the pigmentaion of feathers and furs and the relationship of these colors to the geograpical are in which the animals lived. He found that the darkest forms of a species or subspecies and race occur in hot, humid areas of the equatorial region.
Gloger’s Rule is an ecogeoographical rule (law) which states that within a species of endotherms, more pigmented forms tend to be found in more humid environments, e.g. near the equator.
Zoologist Constantine Wilhelm Gloger, first remarked upon this phenomenon in 1833. The research conducted in humanistic paleontology is paramount in understanding what this blog is about. Egyptologist Cheikh Ante Diop is helpful on this important point. He writes:
“The research conducted in humanistic paleontology, particularly by the late Dr. Louis Leaky, has helped to place the birthplace of humanity in East Africa’s Great Lakes region, around the Omo Valley. Two ramifications that have not been sufficiently emphasized until now have come to light as a result of this research.
- Humankind born around the Great lakes region, almost on the equator, is necessarily pigmented and Black; the Gloger Laws calls for warm-blooded animals to be pigmented in a hot and humid climate.
- All the other races derive from the Black race by a more or less direct filiation, and other continents were populated from Africa at the Homo erectus and Homo sapiens stages, 150,000 years ago. The old theories that used to state the Blacks came from somewhere else are now invalid”.