Are We All Related?

Ron Martin-Dent sent us a note telling us about an interesting article he found online that says that a common ancestor for all humanity may have lived more recently than we might think.  Read more in the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Thanks to Ron for sharing this with us!

8 thoughts on “Are We All Related?

  1. I am reading Steve Olson’s book, “Mapping Human History” now. Fascinating! Some of it is above my head but there are some chapters that were definitely worth reading by anyone doing genealogy. Good book! I borrowed it from my local library.

  2. Raelly interesting article and statistically it does work out well. But, it does not agree at all with the National Geographic Genographic study that used DNA to prove our one real single male ancestor lived approx. 30,000 to 40,000 years ago in the middle east or Northern Africa. And it was well documented scientificly not statistically. I guess my belief would have to lean toward the Genographic study.

  3. I always was lead to believe that we came from Adam and Eve. But this author’s theory seems to dispell that belief. I confuses me the more I read the book.

  4. It’s not too far fetched to think that far far back all living things (persons, animals, birds, plants, bacteria, etc.) came from a single living source. It’s also not too far fetched that all humans came from one pair of ancestors. None of this rules out the old Adam and Eve theory. Perhaps Adama and Eve were the couple of 40,000 years ago. Or, maybe those 40,000 years ago were descendants of Adam and Eve, all other humans having died off by then, or since. Once we began launching vehicles into space, it even became not too far fetched to suppose Adam and Eve, or the folks of 40,000 years ago, were travelers from another planet, solar system, or (if you are a science fiction fan) time-travel vehicle. Perhaps their “ship” crashed here and those two were the only survivors. Maybe other “humans” (Neandrethals?) were here when they crashed, who have long since died off. Maybe the “Garden of Eden” was light years away from here.

  5. We all come from Noah’s three sons, Shem, Ham & Jepheth. All the other people since Adam & Eve drowned in the Flood.

  6. There should really be no confusion. I agree with Phyllis Smith. We all come from Shem, Ham, or Jepheth. Read the Bible.

  7. Guess I’m a little late on this discussion, But I just wanted to say that I agree with Phyllis and Jeannette, And the end of the flood and begining of the repopulation of earth did take place about 40,000 years ago acording to some Theologions. And the location that the Arc landed was in the moutians of Afghanistan, in a area called Jand, west of Islamabad. So I believe that all people originated from their.

  8. I don’t know people. I have a diverse set of friends in my life, coming from many different backgrounds, one being a Christian pastor, some even from Atheist and Agnostic belief systems, and who are very well educated in their disciplines. Many of them agree…that we don’t know for sure where we come from, but many of the population, those that have very little fear about organized religions, have chosen to get out of their heads and into their hearts, (NICE song, Cheryl Crow!)…and believe that if we continue to battle about things that we have many theories on…that THIS is what will bring down humankind. It’s great to theorize (because nobody really KNOWS for sure…admit it!)…it’s great to postulate about our beginnings, but please people, don’t battle and fight about who is right and who is wrong. This is what is going to kill off humans…not some great being that will judge us. My God isn’t judgemental….
    This is my belief system, and I thought I would share it with you. It’s healthy because it doesn’t exclude, or hurt anyone…and doesn’t pretend to know everything either…

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