We don’t know with certainty how many shades of skin existed when the first humans were born. But we do know that they’ve become more varied over hundred of thousands of years. People who lived in places with lots of sunlight produced lots of melanin to block the sun’s harmful rays, making them more brown. People in places with less sunlight produced less melanin making them less brown.
This process of slow change is called adaptation, by which humans became more suitable to their environment.
Animals have also adapted over time. For instance, a turtle can trick others by hiding in its shell and looking like a rock. And a butterfly’s colorful wings help it to hide among flowers.
Can you think of other animals who can hide or trick others?
Close your eyes. For this activity, think of an animal you want to become. Follow the instructions to make your own animal mask!
Different Differenter: An Activity Book About Skin Color, took over a year from start to finish.
It was crowdfunded by precisely 100 backers in early 2017. To view the proposal and the commitment I made to myself, in a sense, view the video here: https://youtu.be/jSRj_HFzaF0