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Author Andrew Collins discussed the significance of the Cygnus constellation. The constellation was important to the ancient mindset, and was represented as a bird on a pole 17,000 years ago in a cave painting, he said. Cygnus was thought of as a winged creature that transported the soul to heaven after death, he added.
In the 1980s, it was discovered that the Earth was being bombarded by cosmic rays coming in at regular intervals-- the source was later revealed to be a binary star or black hole known as Cygnus X-3. One of this distant object\\\'s jets is pointing directly at the Earth, Collins noted, and he believes that these cosmic rays likely affected humankind\\\'s evolution. The altering of human DNA could have fostered the transition from hunter/gatherer to Neolithic farmer, he stated.