Big History in 25 Volumes, volumes 17 – 25

At Home In The Universe Science, IT, Nature

Article 16: In volume 17, page 350 – at about 2/3 of the distance between the Big Bang and Now – we come across the birth of our Sun, of our Solar System and of our planet Earth.

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Volume 17: Page 350, at about 2/3 of the distance between the Big Bang and Now: The birth of our Sun, of our Solar System and of our planet Earth.

A bit later the Moon comes into existence, after a crash with a large morsel, about the size of Mars, with the Earth.

Volume 18: The Earth cools down, the oceans are filled up with water condensing and water brought to us by meteorites. We detect the first signs of life on Earth, thermophilic, 113 degrees Celsius heat-loving bacteria. Some like it really hot! They freeze already at 55 degrees Celsius, above zero!

Volume 19: After one billion or 1,000 million years the infernal Hades period comes to an end. Slowly, slowly, a crust begins to grow around the Earth. 3,500 Million years old stromatolites fossils from this period are now to be found, for example in Warrawoona, Australia.

Volume 20: 3,200 Million year old fossilized cyanobacteria from this period are now to be found, for example in South Africa, in the Fig Tree Formation.

Volume 21: The crust around the Earth is ready.

Volume 22: Thanks to the oxygen that the cyanobacteria continuously pump as waste in the Earth’s atmosphere, a protective ozone layer is beginning to form around the Earth. It provides protection to the early life against the destructive ultraviolet radiation from the Sun.

In case the bacteria had not done this, then life on Earth probably would not have developed. Now, however, life is evolving exuberant and abundant. Unmistakable new life forms are arising, eukaryotes, and there is a transition from unicellular to multicellular organisms.

Volume 23: Bacteria begin to inhabit the continents.

Volume 24: Start of one of the major global glaciations: Iceball Earth. Some like it really cool! Formation of the supercontinent Rodinia. For the first time there is sexual reproduction, in which genetic material from two individuals comes together. This accelerates the evolutionary process.

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Volume 25: We are almost done, just one more volume! And what about trees and fishes and reptiles and birds and flowers and dinosaurs and horses and cows and monkeys and humans like you and me?

We will outline all of them in the next 30 episodes.

We will have a closer look at the content of this one volume 25 and investigate more in detail what is happening in the different geological periods mentioned there on:

Page 1- 65 Cambrian 550 (in fact 542) – 485 million years ago
65 – 105 Ordovician 485 – 445 million years ago
105 – 130 Silurian 445 – 420 million years ago
130 – 190 Devonian 420 – 360 million years ago
190 – 250 Carboniferous 360 – 300 million years ago
250 – 300 Permian 300 – 250 million years ago
300 – 350 Triassic 250 – 200 million years ago
350 – 405 Jurassic 200 – 145 million years ago
405 – 485 Cretaceous 145 – 65 million years ago
485 – 494 Paleocene 65 – 56 million years ago
494 – 516 Eocene 56 – 34 million years ago
516 – 527 Oligocene 34 – 23 million years ago
527 – 545 Miocene 23 – 5 million years ago
545 – 547/8 Pliocene 5 – 2.5 million years ago
547/8 – 550 Pleistocene 2.5 million – 12,000 years ago
550 2e half page – Holocene from 12,000 years ago until Now

The Museum of Paleontology of the University of California, Berkeley, USA, will be our main guide.

ShantiShanti is a regular contributor to Osho News
All essays of this series can be found in: At Home in the Universe
All articles by this author on Osho News.

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