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Mitochondrial Eve is the most recent common matrilineal ancestor, not the most recent common ancestor (MRCA) of all humans. The MRCA's offspring have led to all living humans via sons and daughters, but Mitochondrial Eve must be traced only through female lineages, so she is estimated to have lived much longer ago than the MRCA.
Originally posted by miriam0566
i dont have much if any knowledge of this and was wondering if someone could explain this to me
Mitochondrial Eva is a common ancestor of all mankind correct?
does this mean that mankind went through this extreme bottleneck? or does it mean that its possible we all came from one woman?
Originally posted by monkey_descendant
We may all be related through her not because of a bottleneck but because all later lineages died out. She and her "sisters" and "cousins" (because she wasn't a human in the homo sense) could all have had children and descendants for another many thousands of years, just their lineages all died out.
Originally posted by AshleyD
Here are some articles that you might find interesting. They come from one of my favorite websites, Answers in Genesis. Evolutionists hate it but I can't remember the last time their opinions mattered to me.
A Shrinking Date For Eve.
It's been a while since I read up on the subject but the M. Eve and Y.C. Adam hypotheses have always intrigued me.