Controversies in Science/Was there a mitochondrial Eve?/A Critique of Molecular clocks: when timesare a-changin'
(Review Paper) Cited in Controversies in Science/Was there a mitochondrial Eve?/A Critique of Molecular clocks: when timesare a-changin'
There is fossil evidence to prove differences between date estimates for the Mitochondrial Eve[edit | edit source]
There are differences between information presented as "evidence" as to when the Mitochondrial Eve began and where it's origins are
Molecules in the fossils are giving scientists contradictory evidence as to what the actual timeframe of evolution occured. This has been discovered through the mutation of these molecules over lengthy time which masks the actual time period the fossils are expected to be seen based on archeological/paleontological evidence. 
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The result is that the molecular study vs. the archeological/paleontological study are inconsistent, meaning it's difficult for scientists to accurately estimate the time frames of these fossils. In conclusion, this proves the differences between date estimates for the Mitochondrial Eve. 
References[edit | edit source]
- Ho, S., Larson, G. (2006) Molecular clocks: when timesare a-changin'. Trends in Genetics 22(2),79–83.