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Subject: So we have a genetic Eve, but what about Eve's ancestors?

Date: Wed May 20 15:06:29 2009
Posted by Megan
Grade level: grad (non-science) School: No school entered.
City: Mesa State/Province: AZ Country: USA
Area of science: Evolution
ID: 1242857189.Ev

I have been researching our supposed genetic Eve from Africa that all of 
mankind is related to through mtDNA. It seems a small possibility that 
everyone descended from one woman, even though there were other women alive 
and procreating at the same time but not altogether impossible. However, what 
I want to know is who were Eve's parents, grandparents, great grandparents and 
so on? If we are all descendents of her then we are all descendents of her 
mother and so on and so forth. If we trace this back will we eventually see 
that we all all descended from one single gene involved in the Big Bang? This 
is technically impossible right now but I want to know why this woman is our 
Eve and not her ancestors.

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