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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 1 decade ago

DNA evidence has proven that we all came from one common ancestor. Was that person black?

I am not black but I wonder if the first humans were black because isn't the oldest human fossil ever found Lucy, and didn't Dr. Leaky (or his wife) find her in Africa? I know many of you are going to say no because of the bible. I am a Christian but I can't with a good conscience ignore fossil evidence and say they were from the middle east because Christendom says the garden of Eden was in Iraq. I think the garden of Eden was a spiritual place so please don't answer this question with bible interpretation. I'm asking fossil evidence here. Thanks.

9 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    It is possible to make a family tree based on accumulated changes in the DNA of maternal mitochondria. These changes act as a sort of clock. This shows that the first humans came out of Africa and branched out all over the world from there.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Lucy was not a human, but a much earlier species called Australopithecus afarensis, However, early hominid remains have all been found in Africa, so it does suggest there as a point of origin. Yes, the first human was probably black. Lighter shins in higher latitudes are simply an adaptation to allow better production of Vitamin D in weaker sunlight.

  • Labsci
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Here is what humans have been, based on fossil records.

    Australopithecus ramidus - 5 to 4 million years BCE

    Australopithecus afarensis - 4 to 2.7 million years BCE

    Australopithecus africanus - 3.0 to 2.0 million years BCE

    Australopithecus robustus - 2.2 to 1.0 million years BCE

    Homo habilis - 2.2 to 1.6 million years BCE

    Homo erectus - 2 to 0.4 million years BCE

    Homo sapiens - 400,000 to 200,000 years BCE

    Homo sapiens neandertalensis - 200,000 to 30,000 years BCE

    Homo sapiens sapiens - 130,000 years BCE to present

    The Leakeys are the very well known arheologist/anthropologists. Whose work in Africa has largely led to it being accepted as the birthplace of early humans. They did not discover "Lucy", who is a nearly complete skeleton of A aferensis. She was dicovered in 1994, I believe.

    It is not sure what colour they were, since they don't know how much hair they had - the less hair they had, the more likely that their skin was dark.

    Below is a link which might help.


  • ?
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    Your fossil information is basically information of the existence of fossils. in the event that they're provided to instruct the version, you're able to be attentive to that Creationist have faith the Biblical account of people who had lifespans of thousands of years. till now the international flood, there are records of human beings residing properly over 900 years. The cranium of a individual who lived to be that age, could look so distinctive than that of somebody who lived to ninety, or to 9. The fossils do no longer let us know how previous the guy became whilst they died. As for DNA, i've got faith that it is not close adequate for any evolutionist to settle for a transfusion from their claimed cousins.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    We didn't come from "one" person but from the same species that simply progressed in development through time. Pigmentation varied in proto-humans just as it does today and I'm sure it varied all the way back to whatever the earliest mammalian ancestor was.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes,we come from the same ancestors. as for why are there so many different races,it's because...

    Adam and Eve gave birth to many little whites. then some whites were curious and travelled all around the world and some decided to live permanently in other countries. Some kids went under the sun too long and hence became blacks. Some kids also went under the hot sun but didnt become blacks because they had sunblocks..but they had to squint their eyes to avoid the glaring sun and hence small eyed asians were born and plus they went to asia and along with the blacks they gave birth to more ethnic races like jews,latins,yeah!

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    because IT HAS NOT.

    you are illustrating the forced stupidity and ignorance being imposed by an IDEOLOGICAL and racist agenda.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago


  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    well if we did evolve from apes...

    some apes are dark skinned some are light,

    it is possible, but i dont know how it could be proved.

    merry christmas!

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