Creational Theories From the Catholic Church

Where did the human race originate? Scientist traces all DNA roots back to Africa
Agence France-Presse Vatican City -February 24, 1998
The first man and woman lived up to 200,000 years ago in an earthly paradise somewhere in southern or southeastern Africa, according to the Jesuit Father Angelo Serra, professor of genetics at Rome's Catholic university.

Serra made the claim during a speech on the origins of man delivered to the general assembly of the pontifical academy on life in the Vatican.

The priest said his view was widely held as a result of research carried out in 1996 by academics in California and Arizona.

Serra argued that this research supported the monogenist theory that there was only one "Adam" and one "Eve."

He said the research had allowed the genetic origin of a single Eve to be discovered through DNA analysis of mitochondrions (cell structures containing enzymes for respiration and energy production) which are passed on through the female line.

Research carried out last year allowed the genetic origin of a single Adam to be identified through analysis of Y chromosone DNA, he said.

"Eden, or earthly paradise, where man, with the biological structure of modern man, appeared for the first time some 100,000 or 200,000 years ago, would have been in the region of south or southeastern Africa," Serra said. "From these regions, modern man would have developed towards Asia and Europe, where the ancestors of those alive today would have emerged between 30,000 and 50,000 years ago," he added.

Polygenists, even those of them who are Roman Catholics, believe that the Adam and Eve of the Bible were only symbolic and that those alive today descend from several "Adams" and several "Eves."


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