I don’t know where he got the information from, but there’s a fascinating piece of writing about being born from exploding stars over at barbelith at the moment. It’s a lovely, wonderful and transformative idea – it’s also a slightly alarming one!
Researchers say twin supernovas two million years ago triggered the evolution of humankind. ìThese supernovas would have blown away our protective ozone layer,î says Dr. Narciso Benitez of Johns Hopkins University. ìEarth lost its protection against ultraviolet rays, and for several hundred years the planet would have been battered by intense radiation.î