Definition of Eve hypothesis in English:

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Eve hypothesis

noun

The hypothesis (based on study of mitochondrial DNA) that modern humans have a common female ancestor who lived in Africa around 200,000 years ago. Also called African Eve hypothesis.
Example sentences
  • Mark Stoneking, a supporter of the mitochondrial Eve hypothesis (which actually favours the idea of Neandertal non-humanity - see No Bones about Eve), is a bit nervous about the possible DNA contamination that can occur easily.

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Syllabification: Eve hy·poth·e·sis

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