Comment: Does Rosetta hold key to mystery of life?

August 8, 2014 9:52 PM

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Comment: Does Rosetta hold key to mystery of life?

MORE than three thousand years ago, a Chinese scribe recorded on to an oracle bone the sighting of a comet. Oracle bones were made from the shoulder blades of an ox or the flat underpart of a turtle shell and were used to document astronomical details and for divination.

Many of the bones are inscribed with questions posed to ancestral spirits about solar and lunar eclipses, planets and stars, which make them useful sources of evidence, not only for the understanding of ancient Chinese history, but also for astronomers. The oracle bones show that, for millennia, hum...

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