Monday, April 23, 2012
But every once in a while, a story comes along that reminds us just how much we still have to learn about our origins. Today's mind blow, courtesy of the New York Times, is just such an occasion. Scientists have mapped the human genome, and they are now well on their way to completing a genetic map for Neanderthals. It turns out we interbred, and there's a little caveman in many of us.
So that's cool. But what's truly amazing is how we come to know these things. Mapping a genome is a herculean task. The Human Genome Project took thirteen years and is considered one of the most ambitious scientific endeavours of all time. And the bit about the comet that got the dinosaurs? Well, it took decades of searching and the combined discoveries of scientists from several disciplines to verify that theory.