A recent study by a group of scientist has claimed that all modern humans have descended from two people who lived 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.
According to LADbible, the study was headed by scientists Mark Stoeckle and David Thaler, and it saw the team look into the genetic ‘bar codes’ of five million animals (including humans) from 100,000 species – with results apparently proving that we descend from a single pair of adults, following a catastrophic event that wiped out the human race.
Stoeckle and Thaler – Senior Research Associate and Research Associate at the University of Basel in Switzerland, respectively – believe the 90 percent of all animal species we know today hail from parents that began giving birth at around the same time – less than 250 thousand years ago.
Stoeckle said: “At a time when humans place so much emphasis on individual and group differences, maybe we should spend more time on the ways in which we resemble one another and the rest of the animal kingdom.”
Thaler added: “This conclusion is very surprising, and I fought against it as hard as I could.”
The new report also had input from experts at the Rockefeller University, with the findings published in journal Human Evolution.