25 May 2013

I have often drawn attention to our wide and varied family, explaining that you – and, yes, me – come from stardust and are related to the pipid frog and that the differences between the Cornish and English are trivial.

Now Brian Cox has reminded us that we are related to grass. He says we and grass “share the same common ancestor. You are all related. You were once the same”. More, “the fundamental similarities between all living things outweigh the differences” (Brian COX Wonders of life BBC 2013. Hat tip Maria Popova where you can read more).

Earlier posts on this theme
The origins of the Cornish 8 March 2013
Monkeys and me 24 October 2012
English and Cornish share a part neandertal ancestry 23 October 2012
A common source for the English and Cornish 14 May 2012
A walrus, a mouse, and a man went into a bar 18 July 2010
Puny boundaries 19 May 2010
To see oursels as ithers see us 17 May 2010
A wondrous mixture 8 May 2010
The Cornishman, the Englishman, and the frog 2 May 2010
The first Cornishman 1 May 2010
Cornwall 5460 years ago (The Balaresque study) 31 January 2010
Atomising people 12 September 2008
Blue-eyed Cornish and English are brothers 31 January 2008
English and Cornish are sisters under the skin 20 July 2007
English and Cornish have same milk gene 10 March 2007