Another report of Paternal DNA inheritance

From: Glenn Morton (
Date: Thu Aug 22 2002 - 09:10:26 EDT

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    The mitochondrial Eve theory which holds that we are all descended from a
    single female who lived 200,000 years ago and upon which many apologists
    have rested their case has received a fairly severe blow in a documented
    case of paternal inheritance of mtDNA. If there is paternal inheritance of
    mtDNA (even rarely) the calculations of when Eve lived, indeed the entire
    theory would be way off. Paternal inheritance would push Eve far back into
    the past meaning that Eve could not be an anatomically modern human but
    rather an archaic form of humanity. The New England Journal of Medicine
    Aug. 22, 2002 has an article by M. Schwartz and J. Vissing, Paternal
    Inheritance of Mitochondrial DNA. A popular report can be found at

    This phenomenon has been previously reported but everyone ignored it acting
    like paternal inheritance can't happen. See Ankel-Simons, Friderun, and Jim
    M. Cummins. "Misconceptions About
    Mitochondria and Mammalian Fertilization: Implications for Theories on
    Human Evolution." Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 93, no. November (1996):


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