Our Common Ancestor

You and I are related. Seriously. Scientists have calculated it, so it must be true:

Human populations are tightly interwoven
Michael Hopkin
Family tree shows our common ancestor lived just 3,500 years ago.

The person from whom everyone today is descended may have lived around 1,500 BC.

The most recent common ancestor of all humanity lived just a few thousand years ago, according to a computer model of our family tree. Researchers have calculated that the mystery person, from whom everyone alive today is directly descended, probably lived around 1,500 BC in eastern Asia.

Was his name Noah?

(No, 1500 BC was around the time of Moses.)

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