Definition of mitochondrial Eve in English:

mitochondrial Eve


  • The female carrier of the mitochondrial DNA sequence from which all modern human mitochondrial DNA sequences are derived, postulated to have lived in Africa 150,000–200,000 years ago; (more generally) the last common female ancestor of all modern humans.


1980s; earliest use found in Science. From mitochondrial + Eve, the name of the first woman in the Old Testament and Hebrew Scriptures.