Who came first, Male or Female?

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A lot of people didn't notice this was posted in the Science section, not the Religion section, I figure.

We evolved from common ancestors who already had gender so both male and female existed long before mankind did.
You'd have to trace all the way back to the appearance of the very first mammals to find such an answer, as well as why gendered reproduction appeared.


As others have already stated, when it comes to human beings, male came first.

God created all other creatures who reproduce sexually (with the exception of mankind) with both male and female being created simultaneously:

Genesis 1:20-28 20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. 21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. 23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day. 24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. 25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

When it came to mankind alone, the male (Adam) was created very slightly before the female (Eve). This is not apparent in Genesis 1, but Genesis 2 gives a more detailed picture of the creation of the first two people:

Genesis 2:7; 18-25

7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. 19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. 20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. 21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. 25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

Sexual reproduction is actually a big problem for honest evolutionists. In order for sexual reproduction to occur, both sexes need to have fully functioning reproductive organs "randomly" develop at the exact same time. If unguided, naturalistic, "natural selection" is the driving force behind evolution, it would seem highly unlikely that these fully functioning complex reproductive organs would just "happen" to evolve. The same problem exists regarding many structures of the body that have irreducible complexity, such as the eye. There are structures within the eye that make absolutely no sense unless all of the parts are fully formed and working together. Therefore, there is no way they could have randomly "evolved" over time. It is even more unlikely with the seperate male and female reproductive organs that the two very different sets of organs that just "happen" to fit together perfectly and perform a very specific and complex function, would randomly evolve from less complex structures.


All religion and other mythology aside, there is a multitude of peer-reviewed research indicating that human life starts as female, and then transitions to male under certain circumstances.

Since this research can be proven (a simple search on the Academic section of Google will give you thousands of articles on the subject), while opinions based on conjecture and mythology have no factual basis whatsoever, this would be the technically correct explanation.

It's also completely untrue that evolution has any trouble explaining sexual reproduction. I encourage you to do your own research on the subject. You'll find many thousands of peer-reviewed scientific and academic articles on the subject, whereas the biblical explanation will always refer to the bible as its only source. This type of circular logic leaves no room for thought - it's a closed door. There is not a single shred of peer-reviewed or academically acclaimed evidence suggesting that the ridiculous biblical depiction of the origin of man is correct.

In fact, yet more peer-reviewed studies have shown that the human species would have in fact died out almost immediately if it originated from only two individuals, due to a lack of genetic diversity. The common ancestor shared by Man and apes provided the necessary seeding of genetically different individuals to start a new species.

Additionally, the "argument" about the "complexity" in the structures within humans (such as the eye) is entirely unfounded. Evolution has shown many thousands of times over how the eye evolved, why the eye evolved, and when the eye evolved. Furthermore, the argument that the eye is proof of biblical genesis completely ignores the many, many shortcomings of human genetics. If God created us perfectly in his image, why does the eye fail so often? Why can't we see every bit of the electromagnetic spectrum? Why do eagles have better eyesight than humans? One needs only to apply some critical thinking skills to the subject to see why the biblical genesis outline of the origin of humans is absolutely preposterous.

Again, I cannot overstate the fact that this has all been proven many thousands of times over. There is no argument or question here. The biblical creationists are simply stuck in their circular logic and routines - the same as they were back when they were executing people for thinking differently or using critical thinking.

2nd Edit: There's another common misconception posted below. Humans DID NOT evolve from apes or monkeys. In fact, we humans share a common ancestor with apes and monkeys. This is why the common "argument" many creationists make to this regard (i.e. why are there still monkeys if we evolved from them?) is entirely unfounded and illogical. Again, we did not evolve from monkeys. We share a common evolutionary ancestor.


It is rather difficult to imagine one without the other--kind of like the chicken and the egg question, where one is dependent upon the other.

I guess if a person subscribes to the biblical story of Creation, we accept that God put man (Adam) on earth first, and fashioned woman (Eve) from his rib--kind of along the idea of cloning, except, of course, Eve wasn't a replica of Adam. But I have to admit, God was way ahead of his time if he just grew a woman from the rib of man!

Seriously, though, if one believes in creation by a higher power, then God can do anything he wants. He can make the chicken first, or the egg, and the man, or the woman. This is, for many, exactly what makes believing in the existence of God easy to do. If a person subscribes strictly to the concept of evolution, it is difficult to know how evolution would 'select' what species would evolve first. But a believer in God accepts the idea that God can do whatever he wants, in any way he chooses.


As a Christian I believe in the Bible and it says that man came first and then the woman was created for him. The name of the first man was Adam means the man. First man was created by God using the clay or earth. "Adama" means the earth and that's why man also named Adam and hence he was created out of earth.

Man was alone and he desperately needed a mate. God the creator has decided to create a mate for him and he created the woman because of that. Unlike Adam the was created from the side bone of Adam and that's why she was called woman and hence she was created from his body. She was called Eve.

This is the creation story of the human race. However not everyone believe it And people have their own explanations about this. However I strongly believe this and that's why I say that man was created first.


In the bible it would say that Adam was made and then Eve came from his rib. However if you want a scientific answer I would say that millions of years were passing and creatures were evolving to adapt to their surroundings and finally the first human was made to be Homo Erectus, a transitional form between humans and apes. As for it's gender.. well it's 50/50..


Initially Hermaphrodite came first. Bacteria can share DNA among themselves but there is no sexual distinction. As life evolved, there was a differentiation into male and female at the same time. At this time some plants and animals can reproduce asexually, but most are either male or female and both are needed in order for reproduction to take place.


If you're implying Male and Female humans, then both sexes "appeared" at the same time. Appeared is not really the right word, since we evolved from monkeys who had both males and females, rather than appearing out of thin air. It is pretty much proven by science that our ancestors evolved from apes/monkeys.


The Holy Bible states clearly that Adam was created by the dirt and the breath of life from God, and then Eve the woman was created from his Ribs. So the man was created first.


Actually, Male came first. It was Adam the first man in the Earth, and God gave him Eve.