Mungo Man Vs. Mitochondrial Eve

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Our nuclear DNA is made up of a lot of other DNA, from our mother, father, and four grandparents. It is a concoction of different genes and traits. However, mitochondrial DNA is the exact replica of your mothers mitochondrial DNA, and is unaffected by other genetic exchanges and mutations. This DNA makes it possible for scientists to track human ancestory back to Mitochondrial Eve, the women whom has passed down her mitochondrial DNA to all of us. The debate goes on about which evolutionary theory is true; the Multi-Regional evolution theory, or the Mitochondrial Eve theory. The Multi-Regional evolution theory is based on the 1974 uncovering of ‘Mungo Man’, an anatomically recent skeleton, in the dry bottom of Lake Mungo, New South Wales, Australia. Anthropologists dated him as 60 000 years old, meaning he was the oldest human fossil to be found. Upon further investigation of the skeleton, it was found that its mitochondrial DNA was not a present match to any human population. Mungo man does not fit into the puzzle of the most common and believed theory of Mitochondrial Eve, but pokes at a new theory, Multi-Regional evolution. “Multi-regionalist’s say that between one and two million years ago, Homo erectus - a human ancestor - migrated from Africa. As erectus spread over the earth, different groups went through the process of evolutionary change based on natural selection.”<http://www.exn.ca/stories/2001/04/26/53.asp>. This means that humans “arose independently in different geographically separated populations, and that the present-day ease of interbreeding is the result of a remarkable convergent evolution.” <http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/homs/mitoeve.html> Despite the fact of this new found skeleton, Mitochondrial Eve believers stick to their original theory. The Mitochondrial Eve (ME for short henceforth) theory is usually misunderstood by many. The ME

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