Re: local evolutions

T&B Schmal (
Sun, 01 Sep 1996 10:00:42 +0000

> On Thu, 22 Aug 1996 09:35:48 -0500, "C. Marc Wagner @ UCS"
> <> wrote:
> : I think that this theory has begun to fall out of favor in recent years
> : as genetic evidence has come down on the side of the "Out of Africa"
> : theory that several times in the past Hominids have migrated out of
> : Africa. If I understand it correctly, the genetic evidence suggests
> : that all living Homo sapiens sapiens are descended from a single female
> : who lived around 800KYA

This is not so renarkable as it may seem. Each of our genes is descended
from a single ancestor somewhere along the line. some (say, a gene for
cell division) go back a billion years, others (for hair) go back a
hundred million, some (for speech) maybe only 50,000. The mtDNA you
reference (200,000-800,000?) is the first effort to identify one of the
common-to-humanity genes. IMHO the eventual goal in this effort is to try
to identify the our most recent common ancestors. This would hopefully
identify the time and/or the birthplace of modern humanity.

Tom Schmal

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