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APES LIFE HISTORY ANALOGY If all of life's history (3.7 billion years) were a football field, then the following events would happen at


 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
1 0 0
Description of Events that Affected Life on Earth. Also Include Picture or Videos.

Life is flourishing despite various environmental issues due to modern technology. However, these conditions are desirable. 

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
 2  3.47e-7 yards toward endzone 16
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I was brought into the world by my mother.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
 3  3.91e-6 yards toward endzone 180
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The fossil fuel evolution occurred: coal and trains.

The fossil fuel evolution occurred: coal and trains.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
 4  4.749e-6 yards toward endzone 218
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Humans invented the cotton gin, increasing imports and exports significantly and stimulating economic development.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
 5  7.37e-6 yards toward endzone 339
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Isaac Newton founds the study of mechanics.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
6 8.739e-6 402
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Kepler publishes his Laws of Planetary Motion.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
7 1.017e-5 yards toward endzone 468
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Copernicus claims that the Earth revolves around the Sun.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
8 1.22e-5 yards toward endzone 561
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The Printing Press is invented, expanding human communication and knowledge by essentially immortalizing literature and various texts.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
9 1.246e-5 yards toward endzone 573
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The Inca Dynasty that ruled Peru until 1533 was founded.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
10 1.398e-5 643
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Chu-Yuan Chang founds the Ming Dynasty, which reigned supreme for about 276 years.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
11 1.443e-5 yards toward endzone 664
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Outbreak of the Bubonic Plague, resulting in an extinction-like number of deaths in Europe.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
12 1.694e-5 yards toward endzone 779
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First known use of rockets in battle, displaying potential use of gunpowder as a weapon.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
13 1.826e-5 840
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Saladin founds the Ayyubid Dynasty in Egypt.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
14 2.033e-5 yards toward endzone 935
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Kingdom of Ghana is defeated, resulting in the fall of the Ghanaian Empire

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
15 2.4e-5 yards toward endzone 1,104
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The beginning of the period of the Five Dynasties.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
16 2.589e-5 yards toward endzone 1,191
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The date in which Arabic scholar Al Khwarizmi sets forth algebra.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
17 2.646e-5 yards toward endzone 1,217
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Date in which Kyoto, Japan was founded.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
18 3.204e-5 yards toward endzone 1,474
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The Hagia Sophia Cathedral, which is the epitome of Byzantine architecture, is built in Constantinople. 

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
19 3.828e-5 yards toward endzone 1,761
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Beginning of the classic period for the Mayans.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
20 4.37e-5 yards toward endzone 2,010
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The start of the Gregorian Calendar.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
21 7.174e-5 yards toward endzone 3,300
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The beginning of the Iron Age.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
22 1.087e-4 yards toward endzone 5,000
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Development of writing.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
23 1.957e-4 9,000
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The process of metal smelting began.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
24 2.478e-4 yards toward endzone 11,400
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End of the Wisconsin Glacial Period.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
25 2.804e-4 yards toward endzone 12,900
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Impact from comet causes extinction of American megafauna.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
26 3.26e-4 yards toward endzone 15,000
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Last ice sheets retreat from northern United States.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
27 2.174e-3 100,000
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Homo Sapiens appear in the fossil record.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
28 1.304e-2 yards toward endzone 600,000
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Age of Homo Erectus fossils from Ethiopia.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
29 1.522e-2 yards toward endzone 700,000
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Period in which human and neanderthal lineages start to diverge genetically.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
30 4.348e-2 yards toward endzone 2,000,000
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Pleistocene Ice Age begins.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
31 6.522e-2 yards toward endzone 3,000,000
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Formation of Arctic Ice Cap.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
32 7.391e-2 yards toward endzone 3,400,000
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Australopithecus Afarensis fossils in Ethiopia.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
33 1.957e-1 yards toward endzone 9,000,000
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San Andreas Fault and Santa Ana mountains began uplifting.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
34 1.413 yards toward the endzone 65,000,000
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Beginning of the Cenozoic Era and noticeable for the adaptive radiation of mammals.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
35 2.826 yards toward endzone 130,000,000
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Angiosperms appear on Earth.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
36 2.935 yards toward endzone 135,000,000
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Slow separation of Laurasia and Gondwanaland.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
37 3.152 yards toward endzone 145,000,000
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Atlantic Ocean first opens as Pangea splits.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
38 3.478 yards toward endzone 160,000,000
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First birds appear.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
39 3.913 yards toward endzone 180,000,000
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Extinction of 35% of animal families during Triassic Period.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
40 4.348 yards toward endzone 200,000,000
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First Mammals appear.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
41 5.326 yards toward endzone 245,000,000
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Mass extinction during Permian Period in which over 90% of animal families and over 95% of amphibians go extinct.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
42 5.652 yards toward endzone 260,000,000
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End of the Karoo Ice Age.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
43 7.5 yards toward endzone 345,000,000
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Extinction during the Devonian Period in which 30% of animal families go extinct.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
44 8.152 yards toward endzone 375,000,000
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Amphibians evolve, a significant step to future evolutional processes.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
45 9.957 yards toward endzone 458,000,000
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First land plants.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
46 10.87 yards toward endzone 500,000,000
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Extinction during the Ordovician Period in which over 50% of animal families go extinct.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
47 11.087 yards toward endzone 510,000,000
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Oldest fossil fish.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
48 19.565 yards toward endzone 900,000,000
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Oldest Metazoan Fossils.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
49 43.478 yards toward endzone 2,000,000,000
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First oxygen atmosphere. While the picture above may not be an accurate depiction of the Earth's atmosphere 2 billion years ago, it is an atmosphere with oxygen nonetheless.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
50 80.435 yards toward endzone 3.7 billion years ago
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Heterotrophic, anaerobic, prokaryotes show up in the fossil record. The rounded rocks in the picture are stromatolite heads colonies of bacteria from over 3 billion years ago.