This Is The History Of The World Condensed Down To One Year

Things get crazy in December.

The Earth is 4.5 billion years old.

Sure, it's a figure that most people are familiar with, but it's far too big for humans to actually comprehend.

In order to put the entire scope of Earth's history into context, it's been sped up to occupy a single year. At this pace, each day represents 12.3 million years, and 8550 years pass by ever minute.


1  - The Earth forms, along with everything else in our solar system.

3 - A planet-sized object collides with Earth, producing the debris that will form the moon.

24 - The continents begin to form.


25 - The first evidence of life appears.


17 - First cells with a nucleus emerge.


6 - First multicellular organisms appear.


17 -  Life on Earth to rapidly diversifies in what is know as the Cambrian Explosion.

26 - Plant life spread from the oceans onto land.


1 - The first insects appear on Earth.

2 - The first fish-like animals walk on land.

6 - The supercontinent Pangea forms.

13 - The dinosaurs appear.

14 - The first mammals appear.

25 - Dinosaurs go extinct.

26 - The ancestors of cats and dogs appear.

The last moments in December are when humans make their mark.

31, 11:02 pm - The oldest direct human ancestor is born.

31, 11:36 pm - The first anatomically modern human is born.

31, 11:59:45 pm - The Roman Empire rises.

31, 11:59:50 pm - The Roman Empire falls.

31, 11:59:58 pm - The Industrial Revolution occurs.

As you can see, humans haven't really been around much in the grand scheme of things.

More than any species that has existed throughout the earth's long history, we have an incredible amount of power over the planet — the power to destroy whole species and even entire ecosystems. We can choose to preserve the Earth for years to come or squander everything and leave nothing for future generations.

What will you do with your power?

[H/T: BBC]