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Mitochondrial Eve, in genetics, a theoretical female ancestor of all living people; see EveEve,
in genetics, popular term for a theoretical female ancestor of all living people, also known as Mitochondrial Eve. In 1987 biochemist Allan C. Wilson proposed that all living human beings had inherited mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) from a single woman.
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In the 1980s, for example, such an analysis reinvigorated the controversial African Eve hypothesis
, which traces human origins to a small group of people living some 200,000 years ago in Africa.
For example, mtDNA analysis is at the heart of the con- troversial African Eve hypothesis
, which traces human origins to a single woman in Africa (SN: 9/25/93, p.