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Evolution Update
In one of the most provocative and misunderstood studies of the year, scientists in the U.S. and
Switzerland have made an astonishing discovery: All humans alive today are the offspring of a
common father and mother – an Adam and Eve – who walked the planet 100,000 to 200,000 years
ago, which by evolutionary standards is like yesterday. Moreover, the same is true of nine out of
every 10 animal species, meaning that nearly all of Earth’s creatures living today sprang into
being recently from some seminal, Big Bang-like event.

Mark Stoeckle at Rockefeller University and David Thaler at the University of Basel reached this
striking conclusion after analyzing the DNA “bar codes” of five million animals from 100,000
different species. The bar codes are snippets of DNA that reside outside the nuclei of living cells –
so-called mitochondrial DNA, which mothers pass down from generation to generation.

With each reproduction, errors creep into the bar code, as they do when you repeatedly
photocopy a document. By measuring the accumulated errors – the blurriness or “diversity”
among the bar codes – scientists are able to infer the passage of time.

That’s how Stoeckle and Thaler concluded that ninety percent of all animal species alive today
come from parents that all began giving birth at roughly the same time, less than a quarter-million
years ago. “This conclusion is very surprising,” Thaler avers, “and I fought against it as hard as I

What caused animal life on Earth to be almost completely renewed such a short time ago? For
now, it remains a mystery.

It’s possible something far more powerful than H-bombs decimated life and only a single set of
parents for each species survived to live and procreate another day. But the last major extinction
event we know about – the one that snuffed out the mighty dinosaurs – happened a full 65 million
years ago.

It’s also possible there is something in nature that limits the size of an animal population. Perhaps
it’s some built-in evolutionary process that when a population gets too big, it crashes and must
restart itself from scratch.

In their report, published in Human Evolution, Stoeckle and Thaler offer other possible
explanations, including, Thaler explains, “ice ages and other forms of environmental change,
infections, predation, competition from other species and for limited resources, and interactions
among these forces.” Whatever the explanation, he adds, the takeaway is this: “all of animal life
experiences pulses of growth and stasis or near extinction on similar time scales.”

That is, humans, elephants, birds, you name it – Earth’s creatures tend to stand and fall in unison,
like the rising and falling of the tides. And even though we don’t know what Svengali is directing
the show, we now have scientific evidence that it wipes the slate clean far more frequently than
we ever imagined.

Many religious commentators misunderstand this study to mean that species abruptly came into
being only recently. To be clear: according to evolutionary biologists, species developed
gradually over many millions of years. Stoeckle and Thaler’s discovery is that something
happened roughly 100,000 years ago that created entirely new populations from long-existing

That said, Stoeckle and Thaler’s study does line up with the Bible in at least two notable ways.
First, it affirms that we and our fellow creatures on Earth arose from a recent and profound
creation event, orchestrated by some unknown mechanism. And second, the DNA bar codes
reveal that species are quantized. Instead of there being a continuum of animal varieties, as one
might expect from millions of years of gradual evolution, creatures fall into very distinct, widely
separated populations – what the Bible describes as “kinds,” from the Hebrew word min.

“Darwin struggled to understand the absence of intermediates and his questions remain fruitful [to
this day],” says Thaler. What the new study discovered, he explains, is that “If individuals are
stars, then species are galaxies. They are compact clusters in the vastness of empty sequence

Above all, Stoeckle and Thaler’s intriguing study serves up hard evidence for the astonishing
fragility of life and a humbling lesson for the high-and-mighty among us. It proves we are at the
mercy of forces we do not see nor understand; forces that made our existence possible a few
hundred thousand years ago and that just as quickly – in the twinkling of an eye – can and will one
day take us out.
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What these scientists have found shows us what Christians
knew all along.....that the Biblical account of creation is the Right
one and the scientific story of evolution is Not.   If these scientists
would read the Bible they would have the rest of the story.