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The Family of All Life

We are all descended from the same initial forming of life.

Consequently we are all members of The Family of All Life.

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A favourite cousin.


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Members of The Family of all Life follow The Octet, eight guidelines for living your life.

The Octet promotes caring for yourself and all other living things.

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 Three furry cousins and several very, very distant cousins.


It follows that we are cousins of all other life on Earth. Bobbie your pet cat, Fido your pet dog or Rex your pet bird, are your distant cousins, as is the red rose in the garden, the grass that always needs cutting, and the peach tree in your garden. And also a carrot is your cousin. The plants are obviously very, very distant cousins.

Humans are just one of the living things on Earth.

They are related to all the other living things.

Here are some more photos of our rellies.

More members of The Family of all Life

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Help keep the human population down.

The world has too many humans.

Elephants are at risk of extinction.

Some species of rhinoceros are extinct.

Help the Family of All Life Alliance.

Help women determine their future.

Women around the world recognise when they need to not have a child.

For society to determine what their future is is unacceptable in today’s world.

Help women by donating to Marie Stopes International, an organisation that helps women terminate pregnancies safely.

As their website says “For an individual woman or girl, being able to choose when she has children means having the power to take control of her future.”

Visit Marie Stopes International and donate to help them help the world.

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Feeding a tall cousin.

The Earth was formed about 4.5 billion years ago.

The first cell of living material was formed about 3.6 billion years ago. Not much happened for 2 billion years as this was a huge event. This first cell was a simple cell and is here today as bacteria and is called a prokaryotic cell.

Then it got more complex, possibly by one simple cell getting into another simple cell to make structures within it. This more complex cell is called a eukaryotic cell. After it was formed changes started happening more rapidly. Plants split from animals about 1.5 billion years ago so are definitely very distant relatives; but are still our relatives, even if very, very distant.

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A big, green rellie.


Because changes randomly occurred in the message being passed from parent to offspring organisms evolved into ones that were different to the parents. Gradually over billions of years they became us.

Because all living things were as a result of the first cell formed and the subsequent changes to the first cell all organisms show, in their genes, some similar structures.

Hence your DNA will contain some of the same genes as a goldfish, or a paperbark tree, or a wedge tail eagle, or an elephant, or all other human beings, which makes them all your relatives.

You have

19% of the same genes as an Arabidopsis (relative of a cabbage)

Animal and plant lineages split about 1.5 billion years ago. So plants are a very, very, very distant cousin.

70% of the same genes as a sea sponge,

85% of the same genes as a mouse,

95% of the same genes as a monkey.


Thai rellies waiting to offer food to the monks

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A young rellie feeding an Australian cousin

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An even younger rellie surrounded by lots of cousins



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