= 8.6 Million Years?
This is an older post that I wanted to rewrite and then thought meh?
Since nobody that I know of can really grasp the concept of one million years we need to transfer to units of time that we can recognise, a LIFESCALE such as this hastily, scribbled, graph above that you can click on...as if that will help?
OK, pretend that it is midnight on January 1st.
ONE SECOND=100 Years
DECEMBER 31 (Yesterday)
11:59:59 p.m. (1900s) I was born less than a half second ago just after the computer and nuclear weapons
11:59:58 (1800s) 2 seconds ago you could shake hands with Charles Darwin, Abe Lincoln and Karl (not Groucho) Marx
11:59:57 (1700s) Napoleon Bonapetite wants to rule the world and Ben Franklin invents the lightning rod & the Constitution
11:59:56 (1600s) great play Shakespeare or whoever wrote all of his stuff,
11:59:55 (1500s) Henry the 8th redefines the messy divorce and
Copernicus flips the universe around
11:59:54 (1400s) Six seconds ago America is rediscovered by Europeans who are unaware that Asians walked across and had been there for atleast three minutes!
Johann (not Steve) Gutenberg invents the printing press and the original renaissance man, Leonardo (not Di Caprio) Da Vinci invents pretty much everything except the internet, which of course Al Gore did back at 11:59:59.
We're now way back to 11:59:10 (3,000 BC)
some 50 seconds ago people started rewriting, I mean recording history.
ONE MINUTE=6,000 Yrs
11:58 about 2 minutes ago Civilisation began where it will probably end, in Mesopotamia 10,000 BC
11:53 Homo Sapiens reach present form of arrested development hurrah!
11:35 25 minutes ago Homo Sapiens began leaving our universal mother, Mitochondrial Eve in Africa to conquer the Earth.
ONE HOUR=360,000 Years
and it's still only DECEMBER 31st
10:40 pm Homo Escapeons start using fire and some of our oldest ancestors like erectus popped up at 8:53 pm and habilis hobbled around 1 pm.
Well, that's the end of DAY ONE/8.6 Million Years ago, so today is only DECEMBER 30
ONE WEEK=60.5 Million Years
DECEMBER 24th It was not a very merry christmas eve for the Dinosaurs because they all died today, poor things had only been here since Dec 6th. Mammals have been scurrying about underfoot since Dec 8th getting ready to replace dinosaurs.
NOVEMBER... we can see reptiles, amphibians, insects, plants and fish introduced. A very busy month for life on Earth.
OCTOBER... crustaceans and starfish rule the world.
SEPTEMBER... we're down to jellyfish and then just algae and protozoa.
JANUARY 1st One Year Ago...we're back to viral life.
The Earth cooled down about 4 months earlier in SEPTEMBER and the Sun has been around since JULY *btw The Sun is estimated to fizzle out in another year and a half from when you started. The Galaxy has been around for about two years and the Big Bang banged two years before that.
So the Earth started two years ago in SEPTEMBER
and homo sapiens appeared in the last minutes of DECEMBER
There have been mass extinctions on December 7, 9, 24, and 28!
So I'd say that we are way overdue for the next Extinction Level Event!
Whether a natural or manmade catastrophe finally terminates our lease, you can bet your assets that there won't be any people around to watch the Sun implode a year and a half from now.
I hope this helps.