One of the ancestors of all humans, the so-called "mitochondrial Eve," lived about 200,000 years ago, according to statisticians and geneticists at Rice University. The researchers compared 10 different human genetic models to make their calculations, some of which assumed that population rates have changed deterministically, and others of which assumed that populations have changed randomly, says Rice statistician Marek Kimmel.

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