our earliest ancestors – San people

I was reading The Wayfinders (2009) by Wade Davis … and was captivated by his story of an African DNA study which concluded the San are likely to be the oldest population of humans on Earth.

The San, also known as bushmen, are directly descended from the original population of early human ancestors who gave rise to all other groups of Africans and, eventually, to the people who left the continent to populate other parts of the world.

Independent

The Gods Must Be Crazy films are based on one branch of the San people.

This Wade Davis book argues that ancient wisdom still matters in the modern world. And that humanity will be lesser if we lose cultures like the San.

For some reason(s) a small group of San migrated north about 350 generations ago. Most people in the world are likely descended from that intrepid group. Some of the San still live much like they did 350 generations ago.

Racists won’t like this, of course.

Fact is, humans are 99.99% the same.

more San photos

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National Air and Space Museum, Washington

The National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution holds the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world. …

In 2016, the museum saw approximately 7.5 million visitors, making it the second most visited museum in the world … 

… Apollo 11 command module, the Friendship 7 capsule which was flown by John GlennCharles Lindbergh‘s The Spirit of St. Louis, the Bell X-1which broke the sound barrier, and the Wright brothers plane …

It operates an annex, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, at Dulles International Airport, which opened in 2003 …

Wright Brothers

I took in the IMAX show Journey to Space 3D. A human trip to Mars is explored.

Even better was the Planetarium show Dark Universe. The history of the discovery of dark matter in the context of how the universe began.