DNA test identifies descendant of world’s first woman
A DNA test on a Scottish man revealed that he is directly related to the world’s first woman, British media reported Saturday.
A 72-year-old retired lecturer, Ian Kinnaird, carries a genetic marker L1B1 that links him directly to “Eve,” the first-ever woman who is assumed to have lived in Africa about 190,000 years ago.
Scientists believe that Kinnaird has maternally inherited mitochondrial DNA which is only two mutations removed from Eve, who was nicknamed after the first woman created by God in the Christianity.
According to researchers, most men have genes that underwent around 200 mutations from the earliest humans.
Kinnaird said he was shocked to find that he is effectively the “grandfather of everyone in Britain.”
“This is a real gobsmacker. I seem to carry a gene from West Africa that arrived through the slave trade,” he said, adding that his life had been “unremarkable” up to this point.
Alistair Moffat, one of the researchers that carried out the tests, said the result means that he “could have been in the Garden of Eden” and is proof that even white Anglo-Saxon Protestants are descended from a black Eve.