There is a widely-held belief that there will no longer be humans with red hair in the future (sometimes cited by 2060 or 2100).
For example, these Facebook groups:
One of my teachers told me that in a couple years there wont be any ginger kids left
Currently, two percent of the world’s population is adorned with red hair. Scientists have speculated that this rare breed may possibly going extinct.
They say that 2060 will be the end of the road for Gingers
The justifications given include:
red hair is a recessive gene (Seattle Times):
If predictions by the Oxford Hair Foundation come to pass, the number of natural redheads everywhere will continue to dwindle until there are none left by the year 2100.
The reason, according to scientists at the independent institute in England, which studies all sorts of hair problems, is that just 4 percent of the world’s population carries the red-hair gene. The gene is recessive and therefore diluted when carriers produce children with people who have the dominant brown-hair gene.
climate change (The Week):
Only 1 to 2 percent of people in the world have red hair — and that number could continue to decrease due to climate change, scientists warn.
Is this just a myth, or will ginger hair soon cease to be?