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Life History Event Timeline

APES LIFE HISTORY ANALOGY If all of life's history (4600 million years) were the circumference of the Earth (40,075 kilometers), then the following events would happen at


 

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
1 6.10 x 10^ -6 km
.0000007 million
Description of Events that Affected Life on Earth. Also Include Picture or Videos.

This was the unfortunate year that the devastating Hurricane Katrina traumatized residents of New Orleans.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
 2  1.48 x 10^ -4 km
.000017 million
Description of Events that Affected Life on Earth. Also Include Picture or Videos. 

We were brought into this world by our mothers.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
 3 4.36 x 10^ -4 km
.00005 million
Description of Events that Affected Life on Earth. Also Include Picture or Videos. 

Approximately 10,000 people die in the Chinese city of Chi ling-Yang when an asteroid broke overhead.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
 4 .0436 km
.005 million
Description of Events that Affected Life on Earth. Also Include Picture or Videos. 

An iron meteorite, a few dozens meters in length, gouged the 1.2 kilometer Barringer meteorite crater in Arizona.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
 5 .2352 km
.027 million
Description of Events that Affected Life on Earth. Also Include Picture or Videos. 

Neanderthals died out, leaving Homo sapiens as the only living species of the genus Homo.

 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
6 .8712 km
.1 million
Description of Events that Affected Life on Earth. Also Include Picture or Videos. 


The first anatomically modern humans appeared in Africa that evolved from Homo-herdelbergensis .
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
7 1.2197 km
.14 million
Description of Events that Affected Life on Earth. Also Include Picture or Videos. 

The Anthropocene described this as a time period in which man has took over and had a major impact on the planet and the species in it.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
8 15.6815 km
1.8 million
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The Homoerectus evolved in Africa. Homoerectus resembled modern humans, with the exception of 74% less than the size of modern humans' brains, smaller teeth and a less sloping forehead.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
9 26.1359 km
3 million
Description of Events that Affected Life on Earth. Also Include Picture or Videos. 

The Bipedal Australopithearies evolved in the Savanna biomes of Africa that were being hunted by Dinofelis.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
10 28.7495 km
3.3 million
Description of Events that Affected Life on Earth. Also Include Picture or Videos. 

An impact of an asteroid in Argentina preceded numerous extinctions, as well as a global cooling trend.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
11 304.9185 km
35 million
Description of Events that Affected Life on Earth. Also Include Picture or Videos. 

Grasses evolved from the angiosperms. From there, grassland dominated many terrestrial ecosystems.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
12 407.0117 km
65 million
Description of Events that Affected Life on Earth. Also Include Picture or Videos. 

Earth's Laurasia and Gondwanaland became seven continents known as North America, Eurasia, Africa, South America, India, Antarctica, and Australia before they became our presents day continents.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
13 407.0117 km
65 million
Description of Events that Affected Life on Earth. Also Include Picture or Videos. 

The mass extinction of up to 80% of dinosaurs, and many marine species including many forminiferans and mollusks occurred in the Cretaceous period of the Mesozoic era.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
14 407.0117 km
65 million
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This time period following the mass extinction led to the age of mammals.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
15 1132.5543 km
130 million
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This was the rise of the Angiosperms. Those flowering plants encouraged structures that attracted insects and animals to spread pollen. This innovation caused a major burst of animal evolution through co-evolution.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
16 1176.1141 km
135 million
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Earth's Pangaea separated into two parts known as Laurasia and Gondwanaland.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
17 1568.1522 km
180 million
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The mass extinction of 35% of animal families including many reptiles and marine mollusks became apparent in the Triassic period of the Mesozoic era.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
18 1742.3913
200 million
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The first evidence was accepted for viruses.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
19 1916.6304 km
220 million
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Gymnosperm forests dominated the land. Herbivores grew to huge sizes in order to accommodate the large guts necessary to digest the nutrient.- Poor plants.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
20 1960.1902 km
225 million
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This was the time period of the age of reptiles.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
21 1960.1902 km
225 million
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Earth's land was locked together in a super continent called Pangaea.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
22 2177.9891 km
250 million
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The release of green house gases from volcanoes caused a wipeout of 95% of species, in other words/ mass extinction.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
23 2190.1859 km
251. 4 million
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The Mesozoic Marine Revolution began where increasingly well adapted and diverse groups distributed the "balance of power." The oceans shifted dramatically as some groups of prey adapted more rapidly and effectively than others.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
24 3005.625 km
345 million
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The mass extinction of 30% of animal families including agnathan, placoderm fish and many trilobites were evident in the Devoniam period of the Paleozoic era.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
25 3162.4402 km
363 million
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By the start of the Carboniferous period, the Earth began to be recognizable. Along with the burst of life, four-limbed tetra pods gradually gain adaptations which helped them occupy a terrestrial life-habitat.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
26 3223.4239 km
370 million
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During this time, insects and amphibians invaded the land.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
27 3266.9837 km
375 million
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The Appalachian Mountains were formed via a plate tectonic crash between North American, Africa and Europe.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
28 4355.9783 km
500 million
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The mass extinction of 50% of animal families including many trilobites occurred in the Ordovician period of the Paleozoic era.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
29 4355.9783 km
500 million
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The Cambrian Explosion, otherwise known as the evolutionary burst of life occurred, which formed multi-cellular eukaryotes.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
30 4355.9783 km
500 million
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This was the period of time of the rise of the first fish vertebrates.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
31 4617.3370 km
530 million
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The first known footprints on land indicated that early animal explorations may have predated the development of terrestrial plants.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
32 4704.4565 km
540 million
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The accumulation of atmospheric oxygen allowed the formation of ozone layers. These blocked ultraviolet radiation permitting the colonization of the land.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
33 4965.8152 km
570 million
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This was the first fossil record in history.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
34 5052.9348 km
580 million
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The Ediacaran Biota represented the first large, complex, multicellular organism.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
35 5662.7717 km
650 million
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All the oceans and land froze over for ten million years.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
36 6795.3261
780 million
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This was the time where plants began invading the land.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
37 7514.0625 km
1200 million
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Sexual reproduction evolved, and therefore increased the rate of evolution.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
38 7514.0625 km
1200 million
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Simple multicellular organisms evolved, mostly consisting of cell colonies of limited complexity.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
39 12523.4375 km
2000 million
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The Oklo natural fission reactor in Gabon went into operation.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
40 18295.1087 km
2100 million
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Eukaryotic cells, or cells containing a nucleus, developed.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
41 26135.8696 km
3000 million
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Photosynthesizing cyanobacteria evolved, using water as a reducing agent and oxygen as a waste product.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
42 30491..8478 km
3500 million
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The split between the bacteria and the archaea occurred, Bacteria developed photosynthesis which at first did not produce oxygen.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
43 30491.8478 km
3500 million
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The first life arose known as the prokaryotic bacteria.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
44 33105.4348 km
3800 million
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The condensation of atmospheric water into oceans began.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
45 33976.6304 km
3900 million
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The Late Heavy Bombardment was the climax of impact events upon the inner planets by meteors.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
46 34847.8261 km
4000 million
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The bombardment of the Earth by planetesimals stopped.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
47 35719.0217 km
4100 million
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The surface of the Earth cooled to allow the Earth's crust to solidify. From there, the atmosphere and oceans formed.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
48 37461.4130 km
4300 million
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The first minerals formed when melting of the Earth due to radioactive and gravitational heating led to its differentiated interior structure as well as the ourgrassing of molecules.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
49 39491.2989 km
4533 million
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Earth and the planet Theia crashed, sending countless moonlets into orbit around the Earth. These moonlets eventually formed the moon. The gravitational pull of the new moon stabilized the Earth's axis of rotation and prepared for the conditions for future developing life.
 Event #  Your Analogy Value Years Ago 
50 40075 km
4600 million
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Earth forms from the accretion disc revolving around the sun.
 
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