It’s no secret that we are animals. One look at your dog or cat and you’ll find common features. Eyes, ears, legs, fur (yes your hair is technically fur), but how often do we consider the consequences of our own animal-ness?
Today, let us look deep into the heritage of our being, tracing as far as we can these evolutionary lines that connect us to our more-than-human kin. Let us consider the grandparent ape, the grandparent microbe, and the possibility that something as amazing as life might emerge from the hard stuff of matter.