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The Bible clearly states that all mankind is descended from one man and woman; Adam and Eve. In recent years genetic studies have shown this to be the case. One interesting outcome of these studies is support for the fact that our most recent female ancestor ( Eve ) is actually older than our most recent common male ancestor. ( Noah )

Of the two lines of study the one pointing to Eve is the most interesting. Not only does it provide compelling evidence for Biblical history, it also stands as an example, of how evolutionary interpretation actually obscures evidence in support of the Biblical account, and the lengths evolutionists will go to dismiss such evidence.

In 1987, a team at the University of California at Berkeley compared the mitochondrial DNA ( mtDNA ) of several groups of people from different geographic locations. They concluded that all of these people had the same female ancestor and called her "Mitochondrial Eve." They then proceeded to calculate the mutations rate based on such evolutionary assumptions as the time of our alleged divergence from a supposed common ancestor with chimps. They concluded based on this estimated mutation rate that Mitochondrial Eve lived 100,000 - 200,000 years ago

In 1997 a paper entitled A High Observed Substitution Rate in the Human Mitochondrial DNA Control Region by Parsons, Thomas J., et al. was published in Nature Genetics. They compared the mtDNA of many mother child pairs and found that mutations in mtDNA occur about 20 times more rapidly than previously thought. Based on these measurements they calculated Mitochondrial Eve lived only about 6,500 years ago.

Further research has been done in this area and they are quite interesting. Parsons later combined his research with others (Calibrating the Mitochondrial Clock) resulting in a figure of  1 motion per 1,200 years which is 1/10 the evolutionary estimate and 1.5 time Parsons original figure for a estimated date of mitochondrial Eve of 10,000 years.

While the variation of in different areas of mtDNA is to grate to pin down an exact date, it is important to note that when mutation rates are directly measured the rates derived are consistently found to be an order of magnitude faster than the evolutionary based estimates. The dates end up being just a few thousands years. This is far more in line with the Biblical account that than the evolutionary estimates.

DNA Support for the Bible
This is a two e-book set on how DNA supports the Biblical account of Adam and Eve and the Noah's Flood.


Mitochondrial DNA Mutation Rates

The Mitochondrial Clock: The story of Mitochondrial Eve.