SUNDAY REVELATIONS: Finding where Adam and Eve Lived

Route out of Africa

Eve and the apleAnalyzing 225 human genome sequences from individuals of African and non-African ethnicities, a team led by investigators at the University of Cambridge uncovered evidence in support of the theory that ancient humans migrated out of Africa moving north along the Nile through Egypt. The results were published in the American Journal of Human Genetics this week (May 27).

“This paper goes much further beyond any of the other prior genetic studies in really trying to address this question [of route],” said human evolutionary geneticist Brenna Henn of Stony Brook University in New York who was not involved in the work.

“ . . . They’ve made a good demonstration here that present day Egyptian samples look closest to the out-of-Africa [Eurasian] people of today compared with Ethiopian samples,” Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum in London who did not participate in the study told The Scientist.

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