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Apparently Eve Liked Her Men Younger. 50,000 Years Younger

It probably doesn't help public confusion in the creation/evolution debate that scientists adopted the names Adam and Eve to describe the contributors of the Y chromosome and mitochondrial DNA, respectively, to the human genome. In this blog post on The Questionable Authority, Mike Dunford takes a swing at clearing up what scientists mean when they talk about "mitochondrial Eve" and "Y-chromosome Adam," who, according to current estimates, lived about 50,000 years apart. The post is long, but it's worth a read -- if only for good ammunition next time Aunt Polly tries to tell you that even science supports all mankind descending from a couple called Adam and Eve.


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