Mungo man, not descended from Mitichondrial Eve.

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Mungo man was found in at Lake Mungo, New South Wales in 1974. He was estimated to be a very tall 6’4″, and old when he died, and the most widely accepted date for his death was about 40,000 years ago. He was sprinkled with red ochre, a common practice in many ancient burials.

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The really interesting thing about Mungo man is the mitochondrial DNA that was extracted from his ancient bones. Mungo man was not descended from mitochondrial Eve, and yet he was an modern human. In fact his Mt DNA was nearly as distantly related to the modern lineages as a Neanderthals, and it really put a dent in the ‘out of Africa’ theory.

Borrowed from Donsmaps.

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One response to “Mungo man, not descended from Mitichondrial Eve.

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