You're at the swimming pool. You look at the water, and you think about time. When you dive into the water, you dive back into the ages. Out of the present down through the channels and rivers of the Earth's grand clock.
You pass the Romans in the time of Caesar Augustus, the Chinese in the era of Confucius, past the pyramids, the spread of humankind across the Bering strait to the Americas. You continue to dive. You descend past the Tigris and Euphrates, the fertile crescent, through the bottom of the cradle of civilization.
Past mammoths, saber-toothed beasts, neanderthals, fire, stone tools, to the dawn of earliest humankind.
Your face collides with concrete. You look about in a haze, your nose broken, and realize you aren't at the bottom of the pool. Not at the nine feet, or six feet, or even three. Not even at the threshold where the stairs meet the water. You've tripped and fallen short, slamming into the water-stained pavement before the water's edge. You do not even truly comprehend what it is to dive.
Are you ready to see The Deep?
Extracted from a review of parasitoidy in wasps, look at the ancient domestication of viruses by wasps to help their offspring grow inside their prey. This is the story.
How many types of elephants are there? Oh boy, I don't know how to tell you this, but the answer is.. a lot.
Long before butterflies flew, before flowers bloomed, insects that looked just like them were pollinating their age's plants. This is the story.
Long ago, relatives of corals and jellyfish got small, got simple, and started living in other animals. This is the story.
Isolated for millions of years, a cave forms and a sunless world thrives below Romania. This is the story.
The more cells, the more likely one will be cancerous. Or not? This is the story.
The history of chloroplasts leads from humble beginnings to a multitude of adaptations before being stolen by some slugs. This is the story.
Just because they're stick insects not shaped like sticks doesn't mean they're closer to each other than the stick-shaped ones. This is the story.
An introduction and welcome to The Deep, and an explanation of the underpinning concepts this site is about.
Welcome. This is the story.