Are all human beings descended from one woman? That subject has been a popular ongoing topic in news reports and magazine articles. Research supposedly shows that science has proved that all humans living today are descended from one woman. Could this be the Eve of Genesis?
You need to know, first, that this research was produced by evolutionists to support the idea of evolution. The researchers believe that a genetic material called mitochondrial DNA provides a clock that measures evolution. They studied 147 women from different parts of the world and compared their differences. Adding up those differences and how long evolution supposedly would take to produce them from one woman led them to a figure of about 200,000 years.
The scientific problems with this approach were ignored. Other possible interpretations of the data were ignored. For example, their conclusions stretch a tiny bit of assumed fact to cover 700,000% more ground than the original facts! Obviously this claim is nothing to be too sure about. None of the popular reports on this work told readers that other researchers have shown that mitochondrial DNA offers no evolutionary clock at all!
Finally, as Christians, we know that we are all descended from Eve. However, all people today are also descended from one of Noah's three daughters-in-law. If this research were accurate, this three-point heritage would also show up. This research is not what it appears to be. We should be careful not to endorse this.