One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
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