Common ancestors of modern men and women lived around the same time

August 2, 2013 2:57 PM

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Common ancestors of modern men and women lived around the same time

The most recent common ancestors of modern-day men and women — dubbed “Adam” and “Eve” -- lived during roughly the same time period, contrary to previous findings indicating that Eve was tens of thousands of years older, according to two studies published Thursday in the journal Science.

The researchers sequenced DNA from two key sources -- the Y-chromosome, which is passed only from father to son; and mitochondria, which provides energy for cells and is transmitted only from a mother to her children. Both can serve as useful tools for tracing ancestry since they don’t swap genetic ...

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