The Garden of Eden?

Kalahari Desert.jpgAccording to a new genetic survey, DNA tracing indicates Eden–and the first humans–emerged somewhere along the border between what is today Namibia and Angola in southwestern Africa (pictured above). Maybe it didn’t look like that eons–or 6,000 years–ago. The New York Times has the story:

The origin of a species is generally taken to be the place where its individuals show the greatest genetic diversity. For humans, when the new African data is combined with DNA information from the rest of the world, this spot lies on the coast of southwest Africa near the Kalahari Desert, the research team, led by Sarah A. Tishkoff of the University of Pennsylvania, said in this week’s issue of Science.


Dr. Brooks, who spent many years in the area, said that it had some trees but that it also had deep sand and was not particularly garden-like. The area is a homeland of the Bushmen or San people, whose language is distinguished by its many click sounds.

And this cool graphic, below.

Map of Eden.jpg

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Frank Clyburn

posted May 2, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Interesting, but so what? I’ve heard that it was various other places. Where it really is is deep down in each person, as that is where God is to be found also….

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Ed Gleason

posted May 2, 2009 at 7:22 pm

David Gibson what in the dickens is the matter with you?? these right wing posters get mad when you suggest that the human race came out of Africa. Please do not stir them up anymore.. What do you think the Obama rants are all about..
Mention that the human race came out of Northern Europe and Adam and Eve were Irish.. that’s the ticket…

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posted May 2, 2009 at 8:54 pm

This is actually very interesting I think. Genesis can’t be taken literally and the ‘out of Africa’ hypothesis is about as solid as can be. Another point is that we have existed as a species in Africa for ~150,000 years which goes way back before the Iron Age advent of Judiasm, or its Bronze Age precursors from Ugarit or Sumer.
What was the state of these people’s souls who lived so long before the advent of Judeo-Christianity?

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posted May 3, 2009 at 11:31 am

Very interesting, it lend’s more credence to already established scientific fact that life started in Africa.
Love your column David, read it all the time, keep up the excellent articles (and commentary:-)

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posted May 4, 2009 at 9:41 am

It isn’t suprising that DNA evidence points to a single human parent or a particular geographical location that is likely Africa or the Middle East. Scientific fact is not the enemy of the Church. Scientific theories that deny God’s creative act are the real problem.

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posted May 4, 2009 at 1:16 pm

There is so much more to this story worth mentioning. Humans did not come from a single pair of parents (Adam and Eve), but instead the earliest modern humans existed as a population. By no means did our species begin in the Middle East. Other solid genetic evidence reveals that God’s chosen people did not migrate in from Mesopotamia as a single race of people descended from Abraham. Rather they and others in the Middle East represent a polyphyletic group of people that migrated in from Africa well before ancient times (E3b and J Y chromosome haplgroup populations have most common recent ancestors in Africa that are ~15k years apart). They existed there for a long, long time before developing a sense of separation from others who co-occupied the land. Fast forward to the present…
Ultimately, science is telling us that wars in the Middle East are being fought on false genetic pretenses.

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