Molecular biologists use computer models in an attempt to validate such hypotheses and reach conclusions about genetic conditions in early primate populations.
In this process, some researchers have committed the logically invalid move of inferring from particular data to the universally negative claim that a literal Adam and Eve is impossible.
The fact that positivistic scientists cannot discern the first presence of true man is hardly remarkable.
Third, a correct understanding of the scientific (inductive) method reveals that it cannot ever logically exclude the possibility of two sole founders of humanity.
Over time, these “pre-split” lineages, themselves, evolved into the new additional versions present today.
While rejecting a literal first pair of human parents for all mankind, they hope to retain some “deeper” truth about an original “sinful human condition,” a “mythic” meaning.
Fourth, specific scientific arguments against Adam and Eve have proven not as forceful as many presently believe (Gauger 2012).
For example, some have claimed that effective population size estimates for the last several million years would not permit just two true humans to have lived during that time.
Paleoanthropological claims of gradual appearance of specifically human traits fail to comport with a true philosophy of human nature. Thomas Aquinas demonstrates that true man is distinguished essentially from lower animals by possession of an intellectual and immortal soul, which possesses spiritual powers of understanding, judgment, and reasoning ( I, 75).
While these qualitatively superior abilities are manifested through special forms of tool making or culture or art, they need not always be evident in the paleontological record.