Perhaps the greatest mystery of the universe for science to fully uncover and explain is that of our own species. We already know so much. From Darwin’s breakthroughs on evolution, to the continuing understanding of our origins made possible through the study of our genes and DNA. Another breakthrough in our understanding has occurred in a recent study of the genetics of a large population of people. It revealed that every living man can trace his origins to a single male ancestor who lived about a quarter of a million years ago. This discovery of a “genetic Adam” complements earlier findings about all living women being able to trace their origins to one “mitochondrial Eve” about 200,000 years ago.
The origins of our species has been the most contested issue of the past 100 years. From iReport and the Scopes Monkey Trial in 1925, through the rest of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, many people still do not accept scientific explanations of the origins of humanity. Apparently, it is too demeaning to some to think that we evolved from lower forms of life. Perhaps they should view nature being able to do such a thing as a miracle. Taking it a step further, it may even be a miracle from God. After all, if one believes that God created man, certainly God is not limited by the means in which he can bring that creation into being. Perhaps evolution is His work?