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What if?

If you study the size and diversity of the DNA of our current human population, scientists using computer modelling concluded that humans must have evolved from thousands of ancestral couples.

However, Dennis Venema, a Biology professor, challenged this notion in his book Adam and the Genome where he discussed a study by developmental biologist Ann Gauger and Swedish mathematician Ola Hössjer.

The two scientists wondered how long it would take, using the same computer models, to have the same genetic diversity today if you started with just one pair of humans.

As Venema explained in his book that had never been done before, because in the minds of most evolutionists, that was not the way it happened, so why bother studying such an alternative.

So using the same computer model and generally accepted presuppositions such as population growth rates, Gauger and Hössjer started with one original couple instead of thousands.

The results show that if the original couple shared some genetic bio markers, (meaning they evolved from a common evolutionary ancestor), it would have taken two million years to create the diversity in the human DNA that we see today.

However, what if you presumed that the couple did not come from a common ancestor? What would happen if the two had completely unique DNA, meaning they were somehow spontaneously created, such as the Biblical Adam and Eve.

When they ran the numbers with the original woman and man each having a unique set of chromosomes, Gauger and Hössjer discovered that the current diversity in the population could be achieved in a few hundred thousand years.

As Gauger noted in his article on Evolution News, small tweaks to presuppositions could easily reduce the number of years from hundreds of thousands to modern history.

Curiously, this conclusion is oddly similar to another study of DNA conducted by Rockefeller University’s Mark Stoeckle and the University of Basel’s (Switzerland) David Thaler.

In their study, published in Human Evolution, they analyzed the mitochondrial DNA of five million animals and concluded that 90% of animal life came from one set of parents between 100,000 and 200,000 years ago.

So are we talking about the start of creation from a Biblical standpoint.

Maybe not, because the two evolutionists threw out this interesting twist.

In order to explain how basically all animal life originated from a single couple, Stoeckle and Thaler, who still believe in evolution, stated that there must have been a massive die-off at some point in history resulting in a world-wide restart of life.

The authors discussed several possibilities that would trigger such phenomena including ice age or disease.

Oddly, one of the possibilities that they never discussed was a worldwide flood, that prompted a restart of life on earth from single couples of animals. Yes, it would seem their study of mitochondrial DNA may have inadvertently provided a confirmation of the Genesis flood and the mass extinction associated with it and the preservation of animal couples on Noah’s ark.

Thaler even acknowledged that their study could potentially cause problems with current evolutionary theory writing :

“This conclusion is very surprising. I fought against it as hard as I could. Ice ages and other forms of environmental change, infections, predation, competition from other species for limited resources, and interactions among these forces.

All of animal life experiences pulses of growth and stasis or near extinction on similar time scales.”


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