2022 Ancestor's Trail Hike   

Tracing our common ancestry with all other multicellular life 
over the last billion years of evolutionary time. 
A 12.5k hike where each average stride = 60,000 years. 


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Ain't It Funny How Time (3.5 billion years worth) Slips Away?

Posted by Kevin on May 27, 2015 at 10:50 PM

Jun 23, 2014 

Ancestor's Trek

John Stewart


I met a long lost cousin yesterday.


Or rather, a long line of them. In fact, an incredibly long line of cousins stretching back a billion years or so.


One of them was from the Comb Jellies era, which you may associate with greasy Brylcreem products from the 1950s and the line "K...

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Article in Mississauga News

Posted by Kevin on July 6, 2014 at 1:30 AM

Hike offers a pilgrimage to the dawn of life

Posted by Kevin on June 19, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Hike offers a pilgrimage to the dawn of life

Staff photo by Rob Beintema

Mississauga veterinarian Kevin Saldanha will lead an Ancestor’s Trail hike, tracing one billion years of evolution, along the Culham Trail on Sunday. The walk is based on The Ancestor’s Tale by famed British evolutionist Richard Dawkins. From left, Saldanha,volunteer T...

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Take a hike on the evolutionary trail

Posted by Kevin on June 21, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Take a hike on the evolutionary trail



Ancestor's Trail Supplied photo

The 2012 Ancestor's Trail proved popular and educational for those who took part.

Mississauga News

ByJan Dean

MISSISSAUGA — If you have the grit to look your evolutionary past straight in the eye, you might want to try the ...

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A hike back in geological time

Posted by Kevin on June 5, 2013 at 1:20 PM


May 30, 2013 | Author:Freelance Writer Margo Pierce


Kevin Saldhana (center) takes people on a 12.5-kilometer hike back to the beginning of multi-cellular life on Earth to help them understand our connection to other living beings. (Photo: Courtesy of the Ancetor'...

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Ancestor's Trail 2012

Posted by Kevin on June 28, 2012 at 12:35 AM

For the second annual Ancestor's Trail hike, we were blessed with a perfect day for hiking. The day started off bright and beautiful and as the sun rose to it's zenith, clouds moved in to protect us from burning. A light drizzle cooled us off as we ended at Pinecliff park with Sam from Squamata showing off some of his reptilian wards.

Based on our experience last year, we decided to start the hike at Erindale Park where parking was plentiful but kept the rendezvous stations the sa...

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Exercise is good for our brains!

Posted by Kevin on April 25, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Exercise can make you smarter by helping to slow down and even turn around the physical decay of the brain. Writing in the New York Times Sunday magazine, Gretchen Reynolds (who writes the NYT’s Well blog) reviews some recent scientific studies exploring why walking, running, swimming and the like are good for your health and for your head.

Reynolds points out that the “brain, like all muscles and organs, is a tissue, and its function declines with underuse ...

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Ancestor's Trail Hike synopsis

Posted by Kevin on July 6, 2011 at 12:15 AM

The day turned out to be a beautiful one... just ordered up for our first Ancestor's Trail Hike on the Culham Trail in Mississauga.  See pictures on http://www.ancestorstrail.ca/apps/photos

As it turns out, our event was graced by David J. Culham, honoured by the City in naming this beautiful urban trail after him.  He served as Ward 6 Councillor.  Also present was the sitt...

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From single cells, a vast Kingdom arose

Posted by Kevin on March 19, 2011 at 8:46 AM



From Single Cells, a Vast Kingdom Arose


Published: March 14, 2011

Lurking in the blood of tropical snails is a single-celled creature called Capsaspora owczarzaki. This tentacled, amoebalike species is so obscure that no one even noticed it until 2002. And yet, in just a few years it has moved from anony...

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