May 27, 2006 

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Q: Why would evolutionists be interested in Eve?

A: Over recent years, scientists have conducted a lot of research on DNA that is found in the mitochondria of a cell. This DNA is only inherited through females. By comparing mutations (or mistakes) in the DNA of people worldwide, scientists came to a startling conclusion—it looks as if all people living today are descended from one woman … and scientists have called her Eve!

Evolutionist quote of the week

“But the reports of Eve’s death may have been greatly exaggerated. Indeed, no one argues with the idea that all modern humans inherited their mitochondrial DNA from one common female ancestor. But what is in dispute is the hypothesis first put forth in 1987 by molecular anthropologist Allan Wilson of University of California, Berkeley who claimed to know Eve’s age and whereabouts—that she lived about 200,000 years ago in Africa.”

– Ann Gibbons, Mitochondrial Eve: Wounded, But Not Dead Yet, Science, Vol. 257, p. 873, August 14, 1992.

Yet there’s a remarkable new twist.

Based upon mutation rates, scientists once claimed that this ancestral Eve lived hundreds of thousands of years ago. But a more recent study claims that the rate of mutations in man is actually twenty times higher than originally estimated. What does this mean? Using this new figure for mutation rates, the ancestral “mother of all,” as they call her, lived a mere 6,000 years ago!

Of course, the evolutionary scientists don’t accept this new figure, but it’s no surprise to creationists that this research supports the Bible’s teaching that there was a first woman, Eve, created about 6,000 years ago.

Recommended resources:

Did Neanderthals and Modern Humans Share a Common Gene Pool? (DVD)
Did Neanderthals and Modern Humans Share a Common Gene Pool? (DVD)
Did Eve Really Have an Extra Rib? (Softcover)
Did Eve Really Have an Extra Rib? (Softcover)
Lucy—She’s No Lady! (DVD)
Lucy—She’s No Lady! (DVD)
Where Did Cain Get His Wife? (Booklet)
Where Did Cain Get His Wife? (Booklet)

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This week on www.AnswersInGenesis.org

May 20: Proclaiming the truth in Russia … from the very first verse
May 20: The Da Vinci Code … the movie, the myth and what to do about it
May 22: Cartoonist who takes shots at creationists wins Pulitzer Prize
May 23: Genesis and Justice: Legal Consequences When Creation Is Forgotten
May 24: “When I hear …”
May 25: Creation: Facts of Life, part 4: Comparative similarities: homology
May 26: Stuck on pause in Georgia
May 26: Feedback: The underlying issue: who are you going to believe—God or men?


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