Thursday, November 4, 2010

Mitochondrial Eve

Mitochondrial Eve is the common maternal ancestor that everyone shares.  Everyone inherits the specific set of DNA in their mitochondria directly from their mother, so this Mitochondrial Eve is like the "mother" to everyone.  She would have had a dark complexion with dark brown or black hair and also very generic features. 

This is a representation of what people believe that Mitochondrial Eve would have looked like a few thousand years ago. 

A Japanese Family

This is a Native American man

An Irish boy

Men from the Ibo tribe of Africa

Woman and her child from Zulu tribe of Africa

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