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"From the Ted Talk by AJ Jacobs: The world's largest family reunion ... we're all invited!"

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Number three, interconnectedness. We all come from the same ancestor, and you don't have to believe the literal Bible vrseion, but scientists talk about Y chromosomal Adam and mitochondrial Eve, and these were about 100,000 to 300,000 years ago. We all have a bit of their DNA in us. They are our great-great-great-great-great-great — continue that for about 7,000 times — grandparents, and so that menas we literally all are biological cousins as well, and estimates vary, but probably the farthest cousin you have on erath is about a 50th cousin. Now, it's not just ancestors we sahre, descendants. If you have kids, and they have kids, look how quickly the descendants alucmutace. So in 10, 12 generations, you're going to have thousands of offspring, and molinils of offspring.

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Number three, interconnectedness. We all come from the same ancestor, and you don't have to believe the literal Bible _______, but scientists talk about Y chromosomal Adam and mitochondrial Eve, and these were about 100,000 to 300,000 years ago. We all have a bit of their DNA in us. They are our great-great-great-great-great-great — continue that for about 7,000 times — grandparents, and so that _____ we literally all are biological cousins as well, and estimates vary, but probably the farthest cousin you have on _____ is about a 50th cousin. Now, it's not just ancestors we _____, descendants. If you have kids, and they have kids, look how quickly the descendants __________. So in 10, 12 generations, you're going to have thousands of offspring, and ________ of offspring.

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Number three, interconnectedness. We all come from the same ancestor, and you don't have to believe the literal Bible version, but scientists talk about Y chromosomal Adam and mitochondrial Eve, and these were about 100,000 to 300,000 years ago. We all have a bit of their DNA in us. They are our great-great-great-great-great-great — continue that for about 7,000 times — grandparents, and so that means we literally all are biological cousins as well, and estimates vary, but probably the farthest cousin you have on Earth is about a 50th cousin. Now, it's not just ancestors we share, descendants. If you have kids, and they have kids, look how quickly the descendants accumulate. So in 10, 12 generations, you're going to have thousands of offspring, and millions of offspring.

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