In a groundbreaking new study, scientists from The Rockefeller University in New York City and the Biozentrum at the University of Basel in Switzerland have concluded that each and every human alive today descended from just one couple who lived from between 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.
As the Daily Mail reports, scientists came to this dramatic conclusion after studying the genetic bar codes, or snippets of DNA, of over 5 million animals taken from a whopping 100,000 different species and determined that all people living on Earth are the byproduct of just one couple who managed to survive a major catastrophe that nearly killed off the human race.
These small snippets of DNA have also suggested that it's not just humans who descended from this one pair of human beings, but that nine out of 10 animal species also do as well. Mark Stoeckle and David Thaler were the two main scientists behind this major study, and the pair has made the startling claim that each and every animal species in existence today are descended from parents that started off the cycle of birth under 250,000 years ago, which drastically changes the concept of human evolution.
As Thaler confessed, "This conclusion is very surprising, and I fought against it as hard as I could."