All human beings on Earth descended from just one single couple


All human life on Earth can be traced back to a single couple who lived between 100,000 and 200,000 years ago, Scientists have determined.

A team of researchers have made that conclusion after analyzing Genetic 'bar codes' of five million specimens from 100,000 different species, including humans.

They believe that after a catastrophic event wiped out almost all of the human race, we sprang from the coupling of just one remaining pair. And it's not just humans – the Scientists believe that nine out of ten animal species can also be traced back to a single couple.

Scientists looked at Genetic 'bar codes' inside mitochondrial DNA (Image: Getty)

The research was led by Senior Research Associate Mark Stoeckle and Research Associate David Thaler of the University of Basel, Switzerland.

'This conclusion is very surprising,' Thaler said, 'and I fought hard as I could.'

The two scientists used 'big data' Insights from the world's fast-growing Genetic Databases and reviewed a staggering amount of literature in Evolutionary theory – including Charles Darwin.

The 'mitochondrial DNA' examined in the research is that which Mothers pass down from generation to generation and it showed the 'absence of human exceptionalism'.

Dr. Stoeckle said: 'At a time when people place so much emphasis on individual and group differences, we should spend more time on the ways in which we resemble one another and the rest of the animal kingdom.'

The research suggests we are not that different after all (Image: Getty)

The conclusion they have reached throws into question a lot of what we understand about human Evolution. Such as why did human life need to start over again in such a recent period. The last known mass extinction was 65 million years ago when the Dinosaurs were killed off.

'One might have thought that due to their high population numbers and broad geographic distribution, humans could have led to greater Genetic diversity than other animal species,' added Stoeckle.

'At least for mitochondrial DNA, humans turn out to be low to average in Genetic diversity.'

The findings suggest that humans, as well as other animals, have had to start afresh more often over the course of our Evolution than was first thought. The rest, as they say, is history.


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