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Mitochondrial DNA: Part 1 – Overview
NOVA Online | Neanderthals on Trial | Tracing Ancestry with MtDNA
Fathers cannot pass on their mtDNA, only the extra genetic information on their Y chromosome. Because mtDNA only comes from the mother, it does not change very much, if at all, from generation to generation. Mutations do occur, but not very often--less frequently than once per people. Therefore, a person's mtDNA is probably identical to that of his or her direct maternal ancestor a dozen generations ago, and this fact can be used to connect people across decades. For example, if a particular type of mtDNA was found primarily in Africa, then we could conclude that people from elsewhere in the world who had that type of mtDNA had a maternal ancestor from Africa. Unlike most of our DNA, mitochondrial DNA is not found in our chromosomes or even in the nucleus the central enclosure that contains all of the chromosomes of our cells.
By Michael Slezak. HE DIED later than Socrates and Aristotle, but a man who fished along the coast of southern Africa is the closest genetic match for our common female ancestor yet found. If you trace back the DNA in the maternally inherited mitochondria within our cells, all humans have a theoretical common ancestor.
As of , estimates on the age of this split ranged at around , years ago,  consistent with a date later than the speciation of Homo sapiens but earlier than the recent out-of-Africa dispersal. As the identity of both matrilineal and patrilineal MRCAs is dependent on genealogical history pedigree collapse , they need not have lived at the same time. As of , estimates for the age Y-MRCA are subject to substantial uncertainty, with a wide range of times from , to , years ago    with an estimated age of between , and , years ago, roughly consistent with the estimate for mt-MRCA. The name "Mitochondrial Eve" alludes to biblical Eve.