Perspectives on deep time

Credit: NASA WMAP science team

Credit: NASA WMAP science team

The universe is roughly 13.8 billions years old.

Image credit: NASA

Image credit: NASA

The universe was 66% of its current age by the time the Sun and Earth formed.

Image credit: NASA - Apollo 17

Image credit: NASA – Apollo 17

Life appears to have begun on Earth when it was around 10% of its current age of around 4.5 billion years.

Image credit: Nobu Tamura (http://spinops.blogspot.com)

Image credit: Nobu Tamura (http://spinops.blogspot.com)

The Earth was 85% of its current age before the first complex animals evolved.

Image credit: C. Michael Hogan via Wikipedia

It was 98% of its current age before the first primates appeared.

By Stefan Scheer derivative work: Oltau via Wikimedia Commons

It was 99.9% of its current age before primitive humans evolved.

Image credit: Reed DL, Smith VS, Hammond SL, Rogers AR, Clayton DH via Wikipedia

It was 99.99% of its current age before anatomically modern humans appeared.

Anatomically modern humans have spent 95% of our time on this planet living as small roaming bands of hunter-gatherers.

Source: Wikicommons

Civilization, all the empires of history, all the known cultural, religious, and philosophical movements, all the wars and dramas of recorded history, have happened within the last 2.5% of the time of modern humans, and the last 0.00011% of Earth’s history.

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4 Responses to Perspectives on deep time

  1. amanimal says:

    *That* is some perspective – thanks!

    Like

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