In the coming year, some scientists somewhere are going to sequence the genome of some million-year-old creature, the oldest to date, predicts New Scientist.

The magazine expects the sequencing of a million-year-old genome — what ancient animal turns out to be the lucky customer is unknown — will be one of the "10 ideas that will matter next year." In fact, this prediction notches at the top of the magazine's speculative list.

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