Tree of Human Life
Illuminated Glass Mosaic 24" x 48" x 6"
This piece represents the
genetic family tree of humanity, as determined by genetic science.
tells us that all humans on this planet, every last one, is
the descendant of one women, mtEve, who lived approximately 200,000-
150,000 BCE. There was a near extinction event for humanity, about
74,000 BCE. There were other humans then, but her
mitochondria is the one that survived. Her mitochondria is in
every last one of us. We share that, all of us.
Around the same approximate time, Y
Adam was born. All men on this planet carry his Y
most likely evolved in the area of Ethiopia, then traveled in
waves, out of the mother continent, and to the rest of the globe.
From the Arctilc Circle, to the continents of
Austrailia and the Americas., humanity spread out. We developed
cultures to suit our geographic regions, with art,
architecture , pottery, and the developments of
society and governance.
And it all started in Africa.
ribbon of Y Adam, who, along with mtEve, did not look like modern
humans., winds around the tree, with mtEve at the root,
coming from Africa, and her seven daughters, who ar e the
clan mothers of us all, to make us who we are
today. Each little face in the tree, represents one
of Eve's daughters.
science has shown us that race is a myth, that we
are all 99.99% the same, with all human diversity contained
within .01%. We are all related, we are all
part of the same tree, inextricably. We all fight
over silly things, like religion, forgetting that
we are all one family, the family of humanity. No one is made
of finer stuff, as we all have the same
DNA, from distant ancestors who still live on,
in every one of us.