The Sons of Noah Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.)Ă˘â‚¬Âť These were the three sons of Noah, and from them came the people who were scattered over the earth. …Genesis 9
By MATT CRENSON AP National Writer
Jul 1, 2006 (AP)Ă˘â‚¬â€ť Whoever it was probably lived a few thousand years ago, somewhere in East Asia. Taiwan, Malaysia and Siberia all are likely locations. He or she did nothing more remarkable than be born, live, have children and die.
Yet this was the ancestor of every person now living on Earth, the last person in history whose family tree branches out to touch all 6.5 billion people on the planet today.
…Furthermore, Olson and his colleagues have found that if you go back a little farther about 5,000 to 7,000 years ago everybody living today has exactly the same set of ancestors. In other words, every person who was alive at that time is either an ancestor to all 6 billion people living today, or their line died out and they have no remaining descendants. That revelation is Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“especially startling,Ă˘â‚¬Âť statistician Jotun Hein of EnglandĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s Oxford University wrote in a commentary on the research published by the journal Nature.