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Evolution Index

Evolution Data

This is the data I used to construct my Evolution Timeline, and also for my narrative, Evolution, The Movie.

The numbers have been reduced so that "First Life" calculates to one year ago. The cell is indicated in pink.

Of course, which year it is now, today, means nothing when the number of years is large. When the number of years is small, as in the lower part of the chart, the degree of error gets much more significant.

The dates are as of May, 2002. The cells in which the numbers reach zero are indicated with yellow.

– Steve Rose

Event Years Ago Years Months Weeks Days Hours Minutes Seconds
Big Bang 15,000,000,000 4.3 51.4 222.9 1,564.3 37,542.9 2,252,571.4 135,154,285.7
First Rock 4,600,000,000 1.3 15.8 68.3 479.7 11,513.1 690,788.6 41,447,314.3
Condensation of atmospheric water into oceans 3,800,000,000 1.1 13.0 56.5 396.3 9,510.9 570,651.4 34,239,085.7
First Life (Prokaryots), Photosynthesis 3,500,000,000 1.0 12.0 52.0 365.0 8,760.0 525,600.0 31,536,000.0
Eukaryots - Multicelled organisms 1,500,000,000 0.4 5.1 22.3 156.4 3,754.3 225,257.1 13,515,428.6
Cambrian Explosion, Hard-bodied organisms 545,000,000 0.2 1.9 8.1 56.8 1,364.1 81,843.4 4,910,605.7
Ordovician - 1st fish vertebrates 500,000,000 0.1 1.7 7.4 52.1 1,251.4 75,085.7 4,505,142.9
Millipedes - 1st land animals 420,000,000 0.1 1.4 6.2 43.8 1,051.2 63,072.0 3,784,320.0
Silurian 440,000,000 0.1 1.5 6.5 45.9 1,101.3 66,075.4 3,964,525.7
Devonian (Fishes) 400,000,000 0.1 1.4 5.9 41.7 1,001.1 60,068.6 3,604,114.3
Mississippian - 1st amphibians 350,000,000 0.1 1.2 5.2 36.5 876.0 52,560.0 3,153,600.0
Pennsylvanian - 1st reptiles 300,000,000 0.1 1.0 4.5 31.3 750.9 45,051.4 2,703,085.7
Permian - mass extinction 250,000,000 0.1 0.9 3.7 26.1 625.7 37,542.9 2,252,571.4
Roaches and Termites have evolved 230,000,000 0.1 0.8 3.4 24.0 575.7 34,539.4 2,072,365.7
Triassic (Age of Dinosaurs) 225,000,000 0.1 0.8 3.3 23.5 563.1 33,788.6 2,027,314.3
First mammals 200,000,000 0.1 0.7 3.0 20.9 500.6 30,034.3 1,802,057.1
Jurassic 180,000,000 0.1 0.6 2.7 18.8 450.5 27,030.9 1,621,851.4
  Years Months
Archaeopteryx 145,000,000 0.0 0.5 2.2 15.1 362.9 21,774.9 1,306,491.4
Cretaceous 135,000,000 0.0 0.5 2.0 14.1 337.9 20,273.1 1,216,388.6
Tertiary (Age of Mammals) 70,000,000 0.0 0.2 1.0 7.3 175.2 10,512.0 630,720.0
End of Dinosaurs 65,000,000 0.0 0.2 1.0 6.8 162.7 9,761.1 585,668.6
Primitive Monkeys 50,000,000 0.0 0.2 0.7 5.2 125.1 7,508.6 450,514.3
  Months Weeks
Ramapithecus 10,000,000 0.0 0.0 0.1 1.0 25.0 1,501.7 90,102.9
Chimpanzee & Hominid Lines evolve 8,000,000 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.8 20.0 1,201.4 72,082.3
Proto-hominids 7,500,000 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.8 18.8 1,126.3 67,577.1
Australopithecus 4,000,000 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.4 10.0 600.7 36,041.1
  Weeks Days
Stone Tools 2,500,000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 6.3 375.4 22,525.7
Homo erectus, Crafted Tools 1,600,000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 4.0 240.3 14,416.5
Quarternary 1,500,000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 3.8 225.3 13,515.4
Homo erectus tames fire 1,000,000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 2.5 150.2 9,010.3
  Days Hours
Neanderthals 200,000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 30.0 1,802.1
Homo sapiens 50,000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 7.5 450.5
Bering Straights 40,000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 6.0 360.4
Upper Paleolothic 35,000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 5.3 315.4
Cro-magnon 30,000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 4.5 270.3
Mother Goddess 25,000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 3.8 225.3
Altamira Cave paintings 20,000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 3.0 180.2
  Hours Minutes
Dancing Shaman 17,000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.6 153.2
Last Ice Age 13,000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0 117.1
Mesolithic 12,000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.8 108.1
Domesticated dogs 12,000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.8 108.1
Neolithic 10,000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.5 90.1
Domestic Animals 9,000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.4 81.1
Sky Gods 6,300 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.9 56.8
Jewish Calendar 5,760 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.9 51.9
Writing, Math 5,500 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.8 49.6
Vedic Religion 3,500 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 31.5
Apollonian Religion 3,200 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 28.8
Budda 2,800 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 25.2
Hinduism 2,623 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 23.6
Confucius 2,600 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 23.4
Socrates 2,500 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 22.5
Jesus Christ 2,000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 17.9
Vikings/America 1,000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 9.0
Columbus 510 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 4.6
  Minutes Seconds
American Revolution 226 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0
Civil War 138 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.2
Wright Brothers 99 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.9
First Television 76 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.7
Atomic bombs exploded in Japan 56 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5
First IBM PC 21 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2
First Cell Phone 8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1
Event Years Ago Years Months Weeks Days Hours Minutes Seconds