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All humans today can be traced back to the same small group of people.
It’s one of the few areas where creationists and evolutionists agree: all humans today can be traced back to the same small group of people.
Yet, there are some notable differences. Those who believe in the historicity of the book of Genesis know that eight people survived a global catastrophe (the Flood) inside an Ark approximately 4,350 years ago. Meanwhile, secularists are increasingly accepting the “Out of Africa” belief, which theorizes that a larger group spread out from Africa some 50,000 to 70,000 years ago.
Researchers took blood samples from Australian Aborigines and Asians and compared their DNA, tracing paternal/maternal lineage through Y-chromosome DNA and mitochondrial DNA respectively. The study determined that the branches diverged some 50,000 to 70,000 years ago.
Although we would dispute the dates, the genetic findings are consistent with the account of Noah and his family, and the truth of Acts 17:26 that we’re all “one blood.”
Answers in Genesis is an apologetics ministry, dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively. We focus on providing answers to questions about the Bible—particularly the book of Genesis—regarding key issues such as creation, evolution, science, and the age of the earth.