Friday, June 10, 2005

Life's earliest ancestor nearly identified

Originally uploaded by markinmexico.

This report claims that scientists at Stockholm University in Sweden are working to identify the subject pictured to the right whom they have temporarily named LUCA. LUCA stands for "last universal common ancestor" and they believe he was born in West Virginia two to three billion years ago.

Researchers say the effort to understand LUCA can shed light on evolution and genetics, help medical science, and even improve the chances of finding primitive life in other blue states.

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