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Early Modern Homo sapiens. A ll people today are classified as Homo sapiens. Our species of humans first began to evolve nearly , years ago in association with technologies not unlike those of the early Neandertals. It is now clear that early Homo sapiens , or modern humans , did not come after the Neandertals but were their contemporaries. However, it is likely that both modern humans and Neandertals descended from Homo heidelbergensis. Compared to the Neandertals and other late archaic humans , modern humans generally have more delicate skeletons.

Y-chromosomal Adam

Fathers cannot pass on their mtDNA, only the extra genetic information on their Y chromosome. Because mtDNA only comes from the mother, it does not change very much, if at all, from generation to generation. Mutations do occur, but not very often–less frequently than once per people. Therefore, a person’s mtDNA is probably identical to that of his or her direct maternal ancestor a dozen generations ago, and this fact can be used to connect people across decades.

For example, if a particular type of mtDNA was found primarily in Africa, then we could conclude that people from elsewhere in the world who had that type of mtDNA had a maternal ancestor from Africa.

Of course, it’s hard to make definitive arguments on these questions because they rely on molecular clock dating estimates, which are notoriously.

Startlingly, it seems to be the case that every human alive today is descended from the same woman, who lived somewhere in or near Ethiopia, probably not more than , years ago. It also seems likely that those of her descendents who left Africa, perhaps as recently as 90, years ago, displaced all of the earlier human populations of Europe and Asia. This essay aims to provide the greatest possible clarity. When hominid fossils were very few, the fact that older ones generally looked less like us and newer ones looked more like us led to the view that the various human forms distributed in small pockets around the world evolved more or less independently over hundreds of thousands of years into the same animal: us.

This was the view, broadly, of Franz Weidenreich, the original interpreter of Peking Man. Unfortunately, if this were true, it would be the only case of such a perfectly parallel evolution known for any plant or animal, and no serious biologist entertains this view at this time, to my knowledge. Because the view postulates parallel evolution, producing diagrams with parallel lines, like the candles in a candelabra , it is sometimes mockingly called the “Candelabra Hypothesis” or “Candelabra Model.

Based on skeletal evidence alone, it argued that modern human populations in Eurasia had to be the products of a comparatively recent post- Homo erectus migration out of Africa, and could not have evolved from earlier Eurasian fossil populations. The work was done primarily with European and Near Eastern Neanderthal specimens, and began by noticing that more recent European Neanderthals looked less like modern Europeans than older ones did.

If Neanderthals had been ancestral to modern Eurasians, they should have resembled them more and more over time, not less and less. The “OA” hypothesis also argued that there had not been sufficient time or sufficient changes in selective pressure since such a migration for subsequent speciation to occur, which would explain why all modern humans were the same species.

The older populations had died out and the later populations were descended from a later wave of migration from Africa. Some scholars —a minority— argued that speciation was a slow enough process that Afroeurasia Africa, Europe, and Asia had been home to a single great proto-human hominid population from the time of the first expansion of hominids from Africa to Eurasia, probably more than 1.

Gene flow might not have been enough to sustain total homogeneity, but it also was not so restricted as to lead to completely independent local species.

Chromosome as a chronicler: Genetic dating, historical events, and DNA-genealogic temptation

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Also, dating of haplogroups has relied on Y-specific short tandem repeats (STRs)​, involving problems of mutation rate choice, and possible long-.

Based on the oldest-known remains in the fossil record, we know that anatomically modern humans were present in Africa at about , years ago. From this starting point, our species was poised to expand its range into Asia and Europe, starting around KYA i. Neanderthals and Denisovans share a common ancestral population at about KYA, though it is not yet clear if their common ancestral population left Africa or if their lineages separated in Africa and both groups migrated out independently.

Hominin relationships and approximate divergence times for lineages leading to Neanderthals, Denisovans and modern humans. Rather, they both come from that population of about 10, individuals — the evidence for which and the theological questions it raises we will discuss in upcoming posts. Understanding how humans can have single maternal and paternal ancestors within a genetically diverse population requires us to take a brief excursion into genetics, and specifically how certain forms of DNA are inherited.

In humans, mitochondria are passed down only from mother to child: sperm do not donate mitochondria to the fertilized egg. As a result, mitochondrial DNA is inherited through the maternal lineage only, in contrast to regular chromosomal DNA, which is inherited through both maternal and paternal lineages. A note about pedigree symbols: circles represent females; squares represent males; a horizontal bar connecting them represents a mating; and a vertical bar from a mating is connected to the offspring of that mating.

“Y” does dad’s DNA help us learn about ancestry?

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Its dating indicates that it is nearly coeval with lineage Q-FGC characterizing the Anzick-1 Y chromosome (14C dated at kya). However.

The idea that all modern humans share a recent within the last , years African origin has been proposed and supported on the basis of three observations. Most genetic loci examined to date have 1 shown greater diversity in African populations than in others, 2 placed the first branch between African and all non-African populations in phylogenetic trees, and 3 indicated recent dates for either the molecular coalescence with the exception of some autosomal and X-chromosomal loci or for the time of separation between African and non-African populations.

The magnitude of the excess Y chromosome diversity in African populations appears to result from a greater antiquity of African populations rather than a greater long-term effective population size. These observations are most consistent with a recent African origin for all modern humans. For the last 10 years, human population genetics has focused intently on the question of modern human origins. Most geneticists have considered two opposing hypotheses.

Both agree that Homo erectus was the first species in our lineage to leave Africa for Europe and Asia—sometime within the last 2 million years—but the models disagree about what happened next. One the multiregional or candelabra theory posits that modern humans evolved simultaneously from the descendants of Homo erectus throughout the Old World—synchronized, perhaps, by some amount of gene flow among archaic populations Wolpoff et al. The other suggests that anatomically modern humans evolved in Africa within the last , years, before supplanting archaic populations in Europe and Asia.

Three lines of evidence favoring a recent African origin have emerged from studies of most genetic systems. First is the observation of greater genetic diversity in Africa than elsewhere. It is reasonable to assume that older populations have had more time to accumulate genetic variation, although variation within populations is affected by many factors in addition to age—most notably, fluctuations in population size.

Does ‘Y-Chromosome Adam’ Refute Genesis?

Without a doubt, the Y chromosome is a popular topic in the genetics world. Not only does it play a role in biological sex determination , but it also gives us a unique window into the past. Like mitochondria, the Y chromosome has a special history buried in its DNA sequence that has been passed from generation to generation. In ancestry testing, scientists look for patterns in our DNA that give us clues about where our ancestors likely lived.

Key words: human Y chromosome, African prehistory, MSY phylogeny, dispersal of early pastoralists, next generation sequencing, SNP-based dating.

More than 7 billion people live on this planet — members of a single species that originated in one place and migrated all over Earth over tens of thousands of years. But even though we all trace our family lineage to a few common ancestors, scientists still don’t know exactly when and how those few ancestors started to give rise to the incredible diversity of today’s population.

A brand-new finding, made using advanced analysis of DNA from all over the world, sheds new light on this mystery. By studying the DNA sequence of Y chromosomes of men from many different populations, scientists have determined that their male most recent common ancestor MRCA lived sometime between , and , years ago. It’s the first time the human ancestry has been traced back through the male line by sequencing the DNA of many entire Y chromosomes.

And, it agrees reasonably well with previous findings about our female most recent common ancestor, made by studying DNA carried down through the human race’s female line. Such studies used DNA from mitochrondria — structures inside cells — and placed that time of the most recent common ancestor between 99, and , years ago.

Mitochondrial Eve and Y Chromosome Adam

Why Y? The Y chromosome is paternally inherited; human males have one while females have none. What is more, the Y chromosome a father passes to his son is, in large measure, an unchanged copy of his own. But small changes called polymorphisms do occur, and this article describes how the correct interpretation of these changes in the Y chromosome, when passed down from generation to generation, can illuminate our understanding of human history.

During recombination, the corresponding (homologous) chromosomes line up and exchange segments, so the genome you pass on to your.

Our certification programmes ensure certified labs offer the highest quality service on our sequencing platforms. Discuss your bespoke training, project support or consultancy needs with us so we can offer the right solution for you. Designed to ensure your instrument is performing optimally by providing the most up-to-date hardware and software. Authors: Lukas F. Mammalian Y chromosomes are often neglected from genomic analysis. Due to their inherent assembly difficulties, high repeat content, and large ampliconic regions, only a handful of species have their Y chromosome properly characterized.

To date, just a single human reference quality Y chromosome, of European ancestry, is available due to a lack of accessible methodology.

How is the Y chromosome passed down by males through the generations?