These questions have been asked by the leading geneticists in the Mitochondrial Eve “hunt” for years. However, we can begin to answer them with the knowledge that we have accumulated thus far.
Who exactly is Mitochondrial Eve?
Mitochondrial Eve is, in essence, the mother of all humans. She was a Homo sapien whose DNA was "strong" enough to be passed on generation after generation. This DNA eventually became a part of all humans as the Homo sapiens developed into modern day humans.
Is she a real or a “made-up” person in history?
She is a real and authentic person who, scientists say, existed about 170,000 years ago.