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Will Caylen awoke with a start. He had dozed and drifted off into a dream floating among the stars, when suddenly there was a bright light that seemed to beckon to him. Looking around the room he was in, he shook his head to clear it. At first, it was a strange room that he did not recognize, but as his head cleared, he knew he was in a room in the Hospice wing of a hospital.
With a sinking feeling, he thought to himself, here I am, in the room I will die in.
Will was 92 years old and had led an incredible life of scientific exploration, ‘the great adventure’, as he called it. Even though his mind was as sharp as ever the ravages of age and time had caught up with him physically. His heart, as was his kidneys, were failing him. His wife had died years earlier. Life had been lonely since her passing, but he had managed to keep his mind active writing papers on his life’s work. He was a paleo-anthropologists and had worked dig-sites all over Africa, Europe, Asia and South America. He had been a prodigious publisher of his work, but still had reams of notes that had never made it into publication. After all these years of working on mankind’s origins he was no closer to figuring it out than he was as a green college graduate. Lots of finds had been made over time, but none nailed down the one important question, what did we evolve from? Somewhere in those reams of notes he had many times postulated some interesting theories. Theories that could have cost him his reputation and professional standing in the world of paleo-anthropology if they should have come to light.