What Did Adam Look like?
October 14, 2008 10:54pm CST
We live in a fortunate time. Advances in the science of genomics now makes it possible to look back sixty thousand years and see what the founding father of our family really looked like. Sixty thousand years ago a man lived in what is now Ethiopia. Every man alive today carries his Y chromosome. There are a people today that are almost unchanged genetically from this early man. They are the San people of the Kalahari Desert. When we look at them we can see ourselves in them. If you want to know what Adam looked like take a look at the enclosed picture. He looks much like the father of us all must have looked.
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15 Oct 08
While science has made leaps and bounds looking at some bones found doesn't tell us the whole scope of humanity its like flicking a lighter in an unlit auditorium. Every discovery leads to more theories which negates the last ones and more often than not just more questions.
16 Oct 08
From a purely scientific stand point there was only one genetic Adam, not many. What you are is determined by your genes. You are descended from that one Adam who lived sixty thousand years ago. There is only one Y chromosome existent in the human species today so there was only one Adam and we are all his decedents.
16 Oct 08
You misunderstand. No one is saying that there was only one human. What is a fact is that sixty-thousand years ago there was one man who for whatever reason had a Y chromosome that dominated the human species. At that time there was a rather large die off and the human species almost became extinct. This probably was a contributing factor.