Besides naming nearly 8,000 plants with his binomial system – genus then species – Linnaeus also coined the name Homo sapiens, and he considered himself the “type” specimen. The Latin word homo or hominis means “human being,” while sapiens means “discerning, wise, sensible.” Therefore Homo sapiens is a word misnomer, as most people I've met are none of the above. Evidence of that, at least in America, is when you consider the politicians that voters have put into office.
Whether you like it or not there is evidence of interbreeding between humans and Neanderthals. DNA is found in the genome of contemporary populations in Europe and Asia, estimated between 1% and 6%, while it is absent from most modern populations in Sub-Saharan Africa. Yep – we mated with the knuckle-draggers, and it probably went both ways...i.e. your sister did it too.
The word people is from Old French peupel, and that from Latin populus for “a people, nation, body of citizens; a multitude, crowd, throng.” Populus is also the source of Spanish pueblo and Italian popolo. I sometimes refer to the Buchholz Nursery employees as “my people,” and though they are generally hard working, it is obvious that I care about them more than they care about me. With friends, if we are planning something, I'll say, “My people will be in contact with your people,” knowing full well that neither of us is important enough to have contact people.
The most famous person ever is not necessarily the most important person ever. “We're more popular than Jesus” was a remark made by John Lennon of The Beatles in a 1966 interview, then he added that Christianity would end before rock music. He also said that “Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.”
All of these people were important or significant, and I'm sure that many of you would champion someone else. Ex-President Obama would probably vote for himself, but then so would Donald Trump. Don't forget Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un.
I guess my choice for the most important non-religious person is Aristotle, but I won't go into why, not today anyway. I know that most of you don't care, and that I should be writing about plants, not people. If that is true, I ask, then why do most of you skip the Flora Wonder Blog text and just look at the photos?