Over the past two decades, major advances have been made in the study of the human genome. In the process, scientists have written about Mitochondrial Eve and Y Chromosome Adam. In both cases, the evolutionists based their estimated ages for both at several hundred thousand years ago. Those estimated dates were based upon assumed mutation rates.
To learn more about Mitochondrial Eve see: A shrinking date for Eve
To learn more about Y Chromosome Adam see: Y-Chromosome Adam?
However, a new study just released may cast some doubt on the dates for Mitochondrial Eve and Y Chromosome Adam along with the supposed evolution of man.
A team of Canadian and U.S. researchers studied two families to determine the number of measurable mutations from one generation to the next. Using whole genome sequences from the 1000 Genomes Project, they also looked to see which parent passed what percentage of mutations down their children.
According to the report, the researchers calculated that there are around sixty new mutations passed on from the parents to their children. The percentage from each parent varied greatly from one individual to another.
Sixty mutations per generation is a higher rate than the mutational rates used to age mEve and yAdam. If the mutation rates discovered by the researchers are accurate, then the dates for mEve and yAdam should be much younger than previously estimated, bringing them much closer to the biblical age of about 6,000 years.
Additionally, since evolution is based upon mutational changes, one would expect some kind of significant evolutionary change to be taking place in humans. We should be evolving into something new and exciting. Yet, a number of leading evolutionists such as Stephen Jay Gould have stated that humans are not evolving at all:
We’re not just evolving slowly. For all practical purposes we’re not evolving. There’s no reason to think we’re going to get bigger brains or smaller toes or whatever – we are what we are.
So if the mutation rates are higher than once thought and we are not evolving as a species, it appears that there are some serious questions about the validity of evolution based upon the accumulation of mutational changes.
From a creationist point of view, the results of this study fall right in line with biblical creation. We would expect mutation rates to be increasing as a result of 6,000 years of the Fall. The longer mankind lives in a cursed world where everything is running down, the more mutations we will accumulate and be passed on to the next generation.
Gould, Stephen Jay, taken from a speech in October 1983 and reported in John Lofton’s Journal, The Washington Times, Feb. 8, 1984.
We Are All Mutants: First Direct Whole-Genome Measure of Human Mutation Predicts 60 New Mutations in Each of Us, Science Daily, June 13, 2011.
by Jonathan Sarfati
Dr. Jonathan Sarfati, author of the world’s best-selling creation book, takes outspoken atheist Dr. Richard Dawkins on head to head in the book The Greatest Hoax on Earth? Refuting Dawkins on Evolution. Dawkins’ most recent book, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution has provided yet another opportunity for Sarfati to show that biblical Christianity best explains the natural biological world, not atheistic evolutionism. Sarfati thoroughly exposes the bankruptcy of Dawkins’ arguments and methods, highlighting tactics which he deems are unreasonable and illogical—such as Dawkins frequently resorting to straw-man arguments.
Sarfati—a scientist, chessmaster, logician and Christian apologist—knows well the creation vs. evolution controversy. Before publishing The Greatest Hoax on Earth?, he authored the bestselling book, Refuting Evolution, which now has over 500,000 copies in print. His confident and rigorous approach always makes for interesting and thrilling reading, as he tackles his opponents head-on. Sarfati also tackles the ethical and biblical issues that accompany the creation vs. evolution issue.
The Greatest Hoax on Earth? Refuting Dawkins on Evolution provides a penetrating examination of Dawkins’ anti-creationist magnum opus. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of biology, geology, fossils, radiometric dating and more, Sarfati thoroughly exposes the bankruptcy of Dawkins’ arguments. Thousands of years ago, King Solomon wrote, “The first to plead his case seems right, until another comes and examines him.” Sarfati maintains that arguments for evolution and against creation sound convincing only when they are unexamined.
Richard Dawkins is known for his strident atheism, for which he needs evolution. Jonathan Sarfati is known for declaring that the biblical account of origins has abundant evidential support and has withstood the test of time. And unlike some writers, he is able to make the science accessible to the lay reader, making it an informative and educational read that is also an intellectual feast for the scientifically trained. The Greatest Hoax on Earth? pulls together the most up-to-date arguments against evolution and in defense of the biblical account of origins and may very well prove to be Sarfati’s second bestseller.