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Keywords: Key dates in the History of the planet, Main events in the History of our planet, Great inventions.



A very brief history of the planet, with dates.How all the main specialties Ė life, geology and climate Ė tie up.††


Thatís what Iím aiming for anyway (more), though Iíve a lot of work still to do.And itís not actually a time line, on account of Wordís limitations as a website design tool.


Iím aiming at ordinary folk like me.But I hope Iím sufficiently authoritative to be useful to scientists too.Where Iím not authoritative, I hope Iíve made it clear.Iím also controversial when I feel the need Ė but I hope Iíve made that clear too.If you find anything wrong, in your area of expertise, please click here

Bev Pease


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†††††††††††††††††† Itís very simple, but itís not what

††††††††††† ††† you may have been led to believe!


Possibly the oldest real-estate in the World,

†††††††† at Ikilia Island off western Greenland††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††Mankindís greatest inventions

Ė nearly 4,000,000,000 years old(source Science)



Contents.Click here for a specific page.

How this site works

The table below covers the entire History of the Universe Ėall 13 thousand million years Ė kMy Ė of it.

But a click takes you to a more detailed table covering Ďonlyí the 4Ĺ kMy of the life of the planet.

Another click takes you to the ĎAge of large animals and plantsí Ė a mere 500 My.

And so on, ending up with the ĎAge of Humansí.†† For post ice-age events Iíve resorted to a series of essays covering my take on the major developments.



(Click for life of planet , age of large animals & plants, age of mammals, age of hominids, age of humans)


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Time(kMy) Ago





Big Bang more




Oldest stars and galaxies




















Birth of our galaxy (Milky Way)







††† 9








††† 8





†††††††††††††† Galaxy settling down into middle-age more



††† 7








††† 6








††† 5




††††††††† 4.55

Fiery birth of Solar System and of our planet


Hadean Aeon

††† 4

Dawn of Life?? , Oldest real-estate


(4.55-4.0 kMy)




Archaean Aeon

††† 3

Planet gradually settling down


(4.0-2.5 kMy)

††††††††† 2.6

Bacteria run the place!



††† 2







Proterozoic Aeon

††† 1

Planet approaching old age Ö teeming with (tiny) life



††††††††† 0.5

Terrible ice agelife nearly killed off



0††††† 0.45

Large creatures & plants appear†††† 0.22: Dinos†††††† 0.00:humans etc.


Age of big stuff


© C B Pease, January 08