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Post by Guest on Sat Jan 25, 2014 5:11 am

Our most recent common male ancestor emerged some 209,000 years ago -- earlier than many scientists previously thought, according to new research from the University of Sheffield.

The pioneering study, conducted by Dr Eran Elhaik from the University of Sheffield and Dr Dan Graur from the University of Houston, also debunked the discovery of the Y chromosome that supposedly predated humanity.
In the new research, published in the European Journal of Human Genetics, Dr Elhaik and Dr Graur used conventional biological models to date our most recent common male ancestor 'Adam' in his rightful place in evolutionary history.

The ground breaking results showed that this is 9,000 years earlier than scientists originally believed.
Their findings put 'Adam' within the time frame of his other half 'Eve', the genetic maternal ancestor of humankind. This contradicts a recent study which had claimed the human Y chromosome originated in a different species through interbreeding which dates 'Adam' to be twice as old.

Debunking unscientific theories is not new to Dr Elhaik. Earlier this year he debunked Hammer's previous work on the unity of the Jewish genome and together with Dr Graur they refuted the proclamations made by the ENCODE project on junk DNA.

"We can say with some certainty that modern humans emerged in Africa a little over 200,000 years ago," said Dr Elhaik.

"It is obvious that modern humans did not interbreed with hominins living over 500,000 years ago. It is also clear that there was no single 'Adam' and 'Eve' but rather groups of 'Adams and 'Eves' living side by side and wandering together in our world."

Dr Elhaik added: "We have shown that the University of Arizona study lacks any scientific merit. "In fact, their hypothesis creates a sort of 'space-time paradox 'whereby the most ancient individual belonging to Homo sapiens species has not yet been born. If we take the numerical results from previous studies seriously we can conclude that the past may be altered by the mother of 'Adam' deciding not to conceive him in the future, thus, bringing a retroactive end to our species.

"Think of the movie Back to the Future, when Marty was worried that his parents would not meet and as a result he wouldn't be born -- it's the same idea.

"The question to what extend did our human forbearers interbreed with their closest relatives is one of the hottest questions in anthropology that remains open."

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140122134148.htm


Would you Adam and Eve it?  :D 

Excellent article

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Post by Ben Reilly on Mon Jan 27, 2014 5:41 am

Very interesting; I always find the idea of the earliest H. Sapiens sharing the planet with other creatures that were essentially human to be fascinating Smile

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Post by veya_victaous on Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:16 am

@ben
yes we are in one of the few eras since hominids evolved that hasn't had more than one type.
Have you Read 'the Clan of the Cave bear' by Jean M. Auel ? it is very good series (some of the later books can be a bit slow)

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Post by Ben Reilly on Mon Jan 27, 2014 3:41 pm

veya_victaous wrote:@ben
yes we are in one of the few eras since hominids evolved that hasn't had more than one type.
Have you Read 'the Clan of the Cave bear' by Jean M. Auel ? it is very good series (some of the later books can be a bit slow)

I have not; I think at the age I was when I first learned of them they seemed like they'd be kind of corny, but maybe I should check them out now -- thanks for the recommendation.

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