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ancestor

an early type of animal or plant from which a later, usually dissimilar, type has evolved
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The influence of ancestry, however, is important in helping forward any individual or race, if too much reliance is not placed upon it.
Now it might have been supposed that a Circle -- proud of his ancestry and regardful for a posterity which might possibly issue hereafter in a Chief Circle -- would be more careful than any other to choose a wife who had no blot on her escutcheon.
``If to maintain the honour of ancestry,'' said Rowena, who was present, ``it is sufficient to be wise in council and brave in execution to be boldest among the bold, and gentlest among the gentle, I know no voice, save his father's ''
But should domestic tyranny oppress us, or the invader's step pollute our soil, still may the Gray Champion come, for he is the type of New England's hereditary spirit; and his shadowy march, on the eve of danger, must ever be the pledge, that New England's sons will vindicate their ancestry.
And the mare, her own ancient instincts aroused and quivering, circled ever between the foal and this menace of the wild young days when all her ancestry had known fear of him and his hunting brethren.
On the way, he had raided the little islet of Ugi, sacked the store, and taken the head of the solitary trader, a gentle-souled half- caste from Norfolk Island who traced back directly to a Pitcairn ancestry straight from the loins of McCoy of the Bounty.
Right here, I think, entered the austere conscience of my Puritan ancestry, impelling me toward lurid deeds and sanctioning even murder as right conduct.
Morally, as well as materially, there was a coarser fibre in those wives and maidens of old English birth and breeding than in their fair descendants, separated from them by a series of six or seven generations; for, throughout that chain of ancestry, every successive mother had transmitted to her child a fainter bloom, a more delicate and briefer beauty, and a slighter physical frame, if not character of less force and solidity than her own.
"We should like to know her lineage, race, and ancestry," said Vivaldo.
The task force found adequate evidence that the benefits of risk assessment, genetic counseling, genetic testing, and interventions were moderate for women with a family or personal history or ancestry associated with an elevated risk for harmful BRCA1/2 gene mutations.
As "Our Cosmic Ancestry in the Stars: The Panspermia Revolution and the Origins of Humanity" shows with conclusive scientific evidence, life came from space--a concept known as "panspermia".
Nicki Field, 50, took a test through an ancestry website three decades after her mum told her on her 13th birthday that the man she knew as her dad was no genetic relation.