RE: News on fossil man

Cummins (
Mon, 5 Apr 1999 16:12:54 -0500

> []On Behalf Of Tim Ikeda
> Contrary to their Biblical counterparts, mitochondrial-eve & Y-chromosome-
> adam do not represent the singular founders of the human species. The
> mitochondrial-eve/ Y-chromosome-adam phenomena are more like winning a
> lottery than anything else. It's the natural outcome over time in any
> group of reproductively linked organisms with a finite population. At some
> point in any population, only one, unbroken, female lineage will emerge.
> This will happen whenever the last of a "rival female dynasty" fails to
> produce a daughter in the current generation.

That sounds like a good explanation. I'll have to get back to you when I
figure out why its wrong. ;)