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The Table of Nations and the Spread of Human Civilization: New Genetic Evidence.

There have been many attempts to reconcile Genesis with a scientific account of origins. One approach envisages biblical Adam and Eve as the first modern humans, and hence as the biological ancestors of the human race. An African origin for the human race has long been implied by fossil evidence, and in the 1980s this was supported by mitochondrial DNA evidence, requiring a common origin of all human mitochondria from a single African woman who lived around 200,000 years ago. (1) Since that time there has been a flood of genetic and anatomical data that point to the origins of modern humans (Homo sapiens) in Africa around 300,000 years ago. (2) Nearly a quarter of a million years later, the principal exodus of humans from Africa occurred around 55,000 years ago, (3) but a smaller exodus that led to the populating of Australia may have occurred about 20,000 years earlier. (4)

In recent articles attempting to reconcile the genetic evidence with a view of Adam as the biological father of the human race, David Wilcox placed biblical Adam in Africa around 150,000 years ago. (5) He suggested that Adam might have emerged from a demographic bottleneck that allowed a small society of humans to undergo divine enculturation, when

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Alan Dickin has a Bachelors degree from the University of Cambridge and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. He is currently Professor of Geology at McMaster University, and his books include Radiogenic Isotope Geology (1995, 2005, 2018), Pagan Trinity--Holy Trinity (2007) and A Scientific Commentary on Genesis 1-11 (2015, 2018).

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Publication:Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith
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Date:Dec 1, 2019
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