Mitochondrial Eve
Posted 6/3/12 , edited 6/3/12
First off let's set some ground rules, this thread should not drift into a religious or racial insult fest.
Stick to topic or I'll close it. Even if it is my own thread.:D

The origins of man maybe pointed to one woman, the genetic "eve" and she lived in Africa 200,000 years.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAXt2AUwPm0

What's your take on it?
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I wish I remember most of the things I learned from my Anthropology class back when I was going to uni.
Posted 6/3/12
As much as I have watched documentaries on this, I am ashamed that the first thing to pop into my head when I saw this thread title was the video game, Parasite Eve (1 & 2) .
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Okay I wasn't about to sit myself through over an hour of video so I'll work with what I have

I'm still kind of skeptical of the 'existence of the first humans are Eve and Adam' thing. As for an African Eve, well I really don't think it can be proven scientifically, and this whole idea of adam and even is purely religious, to me** anyways. If there were such a thing as eve, she would basically be a ape named Eve.
Posted 6/3/12 , edited 6/3/12

WackyFiasco wrote:

As much as I have watched documentaries on this, I am ashamed that the first thing to pop into my head when I saw this thread title was the video game, Parasite Eve (1 & 2) .


actually I wouldn't be ashamed at all. If anything you deserve a pat on the back and a slurpee.



FlyinDumpling wrote:

Okay I wasn't about to sit myself through over an hour of video so I'll work with what I have

I'm still kind of skeptical of the 'existence of the first humans are Eve and Adam' thing. As for an African Eve, well I really don't think it can be proven scientifically, and this whole idea of adam and even is purely religious, to me** anyways. If there were such a thing as eve, she would basically be a ape named Eve.


Well actually it can be proven scientifically as mitochondrial dna is passed on from mother to daughter, and thus can be traced back to Africa 200,000 years ago.
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I know this is a bit off-topic but the thread title made me think of this.

I find the cell organelles of mitochondria and chloroplasts to be incredibly interesting.

Anyone who has taken some intro biology classes may remember chloroplasts as being involved in photosynthesis in plant cells and mitochondria being involved in energy generation.

The fascinating part is that chloroplasts and mitochondria contain their own genetic material distinct from that of the cell they reside in.

The popular theory is that chloroplasts and mitochondria predecessors used to be prokaryotic (single-celled) organisms that were eaten up by a larger cell and transitioned into a beneficial "parasite" within the larger cell, leading to the modern day eukaryotic (multi-cellular) organisms like plants and animals we have today. It was a symbiotic (mutually-beneficial) relationship.
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Winterfells wrote:

I know this is a bit off-topic but the thread title made me think of this.

I find the cell organelles of mitochondria and chloroplasts to be incredibly interesting.

Anyone who has taken some intro biology classes may remember chloroplasts as being involved in photosynthesis in plant cells and mitochondria being involved in energy generation.

The fascinating part is that chloroplasts and mitochondria contain their own genetic material distinct from that of the cell they reside in.

The popular theory is that chloroplasts and mitochondria predecessors used to be prokaryotic (single-celled) organisms that were eaten up by a larger cell and transitioned into a beneficial "parasite" within the larger cell, leading to the modern day eukaryotic (multi-cellular) organisms like plants and animals we have today. It was a symbiotic (mutually-beneficial) relationship.


i feel smarter for having read all that
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Winterfells wrote:

I know this is a bit off-topic but the thread title made me think of this.

I find the cell organelles of mitochondria and chloroplasts to be incredibly interesting.

Anyone who has taken some intro biology classes may remember chloroplasts as being involved in photosynthesis in plant cells and mitochondria being involved in energy generation.

The fascinating part is that chloroplasts and mitochondria contain their own genetic material distinct from that of the cell they reside in.

The popular theory is that chloroplasts and mitochondria predecessors used to be prokaryotic (single-celled) organisms that were eaten up by a larger cell and transitioned into a beneficial "parasite" within the larger cell, leading to the modern day eukaryotic (multi-cellular) organisms like plants and animals we have today. It was a symbiotic (mutually-beneficial) relationship.


i feel smarter for having read all that :D


Lol, it sounds like pretentious drivel I realize, but the prospect of a parasite and host eventually evolving into a mutually beneficial partnership really cool. Also I want to learn more about where we come from and the origins of life.

The cool thing about a forum is I can put down these thoughts here and have practically no negative repercussions.

I say this in a bar in real life and I'd never get laid.
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Speaking of mitochondria, and eve, and parasite eve, here's a pretty cool video on a sinister parasite...

Just feel fortunate that it targets ants and not people. XD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgkL8PulPdE
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