This mother’s day, we can all express our gratitude and love for Mitochondrial Eve—the mother from whom we all descend. While we all cannot remember her from long ago we carry with us her lessons passed from her to each mother, who then did so to their children through all mothers of yesterday to all mothers today. Her words live in our Mitochondrial DNA; a part of our genetics that we all share.
Let us all toast this day the mothers of all our families and our common mom!
Mitochondrial Eve represents to geneticists the personification of the woman or women from whom all descend. She is the direct, unbroken, matrilineal most recent common ancestor to all currently living humans. She is believed to have lived 100,000 to 200,000 years ago. Since all human mitochondrial DNA is passed from mother to offspring without recombination, all mtDNA in every living person is from hers. The genetics differs only through mutation from successive generations but originates at her conception.
A mitochondrion is an organelle within much of our cells.
Our Mitochondrial Eve has the origin haplogroup L which begins branching to L0 then L1-6. From there each daughter haplogroup begins diversification to each descendant representing the myriad of human diversity of today.
Throughout history many have lost sight of the fact that we are each other’s brothers and sisters and that we share in ourselves a role in the human family. Let us this Mother’s Day give praise to our common mother–the mother of humanity.
Happy Mother’s Day Mitochondrial Eve
From your 10,976th Great Grandson, Darren “Haplogroup H2a2a” Smith
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