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Father of all humankind is 340,000 years old

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Father of all humankind is 340,000 years old

New DNA evidence suggests a new chapter in knowledge of human evolution (AFP)DNA evidence has revealed that the oldest known common male ancestor is 340,000 years old, more than twice as old as previous estimates.

New Scientist reports that the sample comes from a recently deceased man named Albert Perry. After the African-American South Carolina man died, one of his relatives submitted a sample of his DNA to a company called Family Tree DNA for analysis.

The findings were published in the The American Journal of Human Genetics and may require researchers to adjust the known timeline of humankind’s evolution.

And the historical mark came at something of a bargain—the company does historical DNA analysis on individuals for about $150.

All previously compared DNA samples pointed to a common Y chromosome traced back to man who lived between 60,000 and 140,000 years ago. But Perry’s DNA sample broke the trend, not matching up with this common ancestor.

"It's a cool discovery," Jon Wilkins of the Ronin Institute in Montclair, N.J., told New Scientist. "We geneticists have been looking at Y chromosomes about as long as we've been looking at anything. Changing where the root of the Y-chromosome tree is at this point is extremely surprising."

After the initial tests on Perry’s DNA, geneticists at the University of Arizona conducted further tests to confirm the anomaly. The Y chromosome in Perry’s test matched up with those of 11 men who all lived in one village in Cameroon.

University of Arizona researcher Michael Hammer says Perry’s DNA suggests there may have been an earlier species of humans that went extinct—but not before interbreeding with the more modern version of man.

by on Mar. 9, 2013 at 8:16 AM
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mehamil1
by Platinum Member on Mar. 9, 2013 at 8:54 AM

What does this have to do with anything?

Quoting rannyM.:

The seven ages of Gods plan...

http://www.godsplanforall.com/the7agesingodsplan

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Mar. 9, 2013 at 9:04 AM
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They have every right to believe in fairytales if they want too :-)

Quoting mikiemom:

very cool but you know there are some ladies in this group that just can't emotionally deal with facts that state the earth and the humans that inhabit the earth are older than their bible states that it is.


Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Mar. 9, 2013 at 10:28 AM
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 Coolness

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Mar. 9, 2013 at 10:33 AM
Cool
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AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Mar. 9, 2013 at 10:37 AM
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That's neat stuff. They need to do more research in Africa, where almost all of the variations in the DNA sequence start.
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zoniechick
by Member on Mar. 9, 2013 at 10:54 AM
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 I really wish I would have gone to school to do studies like this. Science is really amazing.

parentalrights1
by on Mar. 9, 2013 at 11:40 AM
Why are christians the only ones that feel compelled to push their biblical knowledge in every situation? You don't see Jews or Muslims showing up and preaching all the time
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LucyMom08
by Gold Member on Mar. 9, 2013 at 11:43 AM
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 My inner nerd thinks this is really cool :) Thanks for posting!

LucyMom08
by Gold Member on Mar. 9, 2013 at 11:48 AM

 I found this in the link:

The Second Age began approximately six-ten thousand years ago when God renewed the earth’s surface and its heaven (the earth’s atmosphere) and created life as we know it today in six literal 24-hour days (Genesis 1:3-28). He created Adam and Eve in His own image.

I'm guessing that 'six-ten thousand years ago' is when she thinks man was 'created', so I guess she thinks this article is false? And science is false?

I don't know, that's all I got, haha...

Quoting mehamil1:

What does this have to do with anything?

Quoting rannyM.:

The seven ages of Gods plan...

http://www.godsplanforall.com/the7agesingodsplan

 

TheLadyAmalthea
by Bronze Member on Mar. 9, 2013 at 12:01 PM

These things are always interesting. 

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