A Quotable Quote...

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A Quotable Quote...

Postby bimjim » Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:21 pm

Here's a great quote from an article by Eilis O'Hanlon, writing in the Independent (a newspaper and web site in Dublin, Ireland):

"Trace a line back 600 years and what you have is 16 million ancestors. Go back 80 generations and the figure rises to a trillion trillion (which is actually greater than the total number of people who've ever lived, but that's maths for you)."

The US National Centre for Biotechnology Information puts it as bluntly as it gets by pointing out that, if you trace the line back far enough, every single human on the planet would eventually be shown to be related.
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