Modelling the recent common ancestry of all living humans

  title={Modelling the recent common ancestry of all living humans},
  author={Douglas L. T. Rohde and S. Olson and J. T. Chang},
  • Douglas L. T. Rohde, S. Olson, J. T. Chang
  • Published 2004
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • If a common ancestor of all living humans is defined as an individual who is a genealogical ancestor of all present-day people, the most recent common ancestor (MRCA) for a randomly mating population would have lived in the very recent past. However, the random mating model ignores essential aspects of population substructure, such as the tendency of individuals to choose mates from the same social group, and the relative isolation of geographically separated groups. Here we show that recent… CONTINUE READING
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