Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Real Eve to The Human Spark

I remember when I first saw this documentary in 2002, The Real Eve, and decided to post it at my blog here since I'm currently writing about PBS series, The Human Spark, with Alan Alda, which starts airing tomorrow night (January 6, 13, and 20, check local listings). The post I was working on is here now.

I found this embeddable video of The Real Eve at Free Documentaries Online. Danny Glover narrates. If you can't see it here, the check documentary-log.com. It was this documentary that let me grasp the significance of mitochondrial DNA, the genetic markers that come from our mothers without mutation.

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"The Real Eve" reveals that our shared genetic heritage links every living person on earth and traces the expansion of modern humans throughout the world. The discovery of the Eve gene stunned the world. It seems we could all be descended from just a few females - or even just one. In this telling anthropological video, we access the very latest DNA reconstructions, and for the first time, tell conclusively the story of where, when and how the human race came about and then populated the world. (FDO)

We focus on so much that makes us different. It's good to think about what joins us, even one place, Africa. (See my old poem Mother of Our Flesh) Unsurprisingly, talk that humans may have all come from Africa still angers some people.

1 comment:

Naomi Johnson said...

Thank you for sharing this, I can hardly wait to watch the documentary. Anyone with even the slightest interest in genealogy needs to be aware of the significance of mitochondrial DNA.