Science, up until just recently, has questioned the biblical story of Adam and Eve being co-creators of the human race. Even with the latest findings, there is still controversy surrounding whether Adam and Eve were the earliest humans, though research has come closer to determining the big question ‘did Adam and Eve live together?’ It sounds ridiculous if you are an orthodox bible follower, though science is making headway on the ability to trace back our genes to know ‘for sure.’
Apparently, to trace the lineage of men, one must follow the Y chromosome back, and where mutations occur – this is where a branch in the heritage is. With the lineage of women it is different. For maternal lineage you follow the mitochondrial DNA instead. In previous studies, science had dated the earliest woman (our Eve) back to 190,000-200,000 years ago, with our earliest man (Adam) at only 50,000-115,000 years ago – very baffling to many. I mean, how could they procreate if they didn’t even exist at the same time? They had also shown the two proverbial parents living nowhere near one another in their distant time frames of existence.
Today, the science has gotten a little closer to the possibility that these two could have lived together and had mutual offspring, though research shows they are not the only possibilities for distant genetic parents. New studies place one of the earliest maternal ancestors (our Eve) now at 99,000-148,000 years ago where one of the earliest men (our possible Adam)now living in a similar time period at – 125,000-156,000 years ago, giving them at least some time overlap. Still a broad range for these distant possible parents to exist within.
Geneticists from Stanford have made considerable strides in their ability to trace DNA. Most recently they obtained samples of 69 men living all over the world for study. Where before they had only identified a few hundred mutations from the Y chromosomes, this time they discovered around 11,000, a marked difference. This allowed the scientists to trace the male lineage with much more precision. With this new information science was able to trace lineage back to one single event in human history, the migration to the America’s 15,000 years ago.
A separate Italian based study was able to come up with the same conclusion of these 11,000 mutations, taking samples from around 1200 different men from the Italian island of Sardinia. Stanford geneticists warn people not to confuse, that these studies don’t conclude the earliest humans as the “founding man or founding woman of humanity,” or the only people to have present-day descendants. “The male most recent common ancestor is just the individual whose Y chromosome happens to survive to this day, whereas those of his contemporaries have died out,” he said. The same is true for the female counterpart.
So, though these studies place some of the earliest possible Adam and Eve figures in probable similar timelines, did they live together? We still don’t know for sure. Only faith will validate such a story at this point. As for science, research tells us that we may have multiple possible lineage lines through which we originated, some much older than others, which leaves things open for speculation a bit longer -for all those creative science fiction minds especially. Did some of us originate from another planet? Are we related to the ancient mythical giants or gods and goddesses of India? Science still has yet to tell. Until then, keep the stories open for possibility and be ready for anything.
Written by: Stasia Bliss