The Two People We're All Related To

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Is it possible all current lineage trace back to one male and female? Mitochondria DNA suggest just that! A lesson with this interesting perspective on genetic heredity explains how all human DNA connects to a single male and female in ancient Africa. Learn how this is possible and how we know it to be true.  

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Collect ancestral DNA from those that have had DNA tested to compare to the information in the video
  • Have learners research further using resource links in the summary
Classroom Considerations

  • Knowledge of DNA replication is helpful
  • The video is part of the PBS Eons series

  • A large amount of information packed in a small amount of time
  • The narrator shows excitement for the topic, making it more engaging

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