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In human genetics, Y-chromosomal Adam is the name given to the most recent common ancestor (MRCA) on the paternal line of all living males. He was not the only male alive at that time but is the only male whose line has still survived to the present day.
According to a scientific paper published in March 2013 Y-chromosomal Adam lived between 237,000 and 581,000 years ago.
- Mendez F, Krahn T, Schrack B, Krahn A-M, Veeramah KR, Woerner A, Fomine, FLM, Bradman N, Thomas MG, Karafet TM, Hammer MF. An African American paternal lineage adds an extremely ancient root to the human Y chromosome phylogenetic tree. American Journal of Human Genetics 7 March 2013, Volume 92, issue 3, p454.
- Y chromosome "Adam" was not necessarily human by Joe Pickrell, Pickrell Lab blog 26 January 2013.
- "Adam," "Eve," and why they never got married Blog post by Mike Dunford
- Documentary Redraws Humans' Family Tree (from National Geographic)
- DNA Mysteries - The Search for Adam (from National Geographic) Note that in order to watch the video, you will need to install the Veoh player.
- Mitochondrial Eve and Y-chromosomal Adam Diagrams
- Y-Chromosome Biallelic Haplogroups
- Most European males 'descended from farmers'
- Why study the Y: Chromosome reveals path of ancestral humans
- Y and mtDNA are not Adam and Eve: Part 1 by Melissa Wilson Sayres, Mathbionerd blog, 6 August 2013.
- Y and mtDNA are not Adam and Eve: Part 2 - What it means to be the Most Recent Common Ancestor by Melissa Wilson Sayres, Mathbionerd blog, 8 August 2013.
- Y and mtDNA are not Adam and Eve: Part 3 - Resolving a discrepancy by Melissa Wilson Sayres, Mathbionerd blog, 23 August 2013.