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Eve hypothesis

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(also African Eve hypothesis)

Definition of Eve hypothesis in English:

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.
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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