Re: When did "Eve" live??

Staffan Lindeberg (
Tue, 24 Dec 1996 00:58:22 +0100

Kevin Mackenzie wrote:
> A few years ago I remember hearing about a study (out of California I
> think) in which the researchers determined (with reasonable confidence)
> that all modern Homo sapiens have one common maternal ancestor. This was
> based on a genetic study. Does anyone know the authors or title of any
> publications on this study?

Cann, R. L., M. Stoneking, et al. (1987). €Mitochondrial DNA and human
evolution.€ Nature 325: 31-6.

>Did the researchers estimate when this "Eve" lived ...?

Very roughly 200,000 years ago.

Staffan Lindeberg