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The evolution of fish, plants, reptiles, dinosaurs & Mammals
Trees, Insects and Flowers
Evolution of man - Neanderthals to Modern Man

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5 Trillion years ago


The solar system forms

15 Billion years ago


The universe was born

5 Billion years ago


The Milky Way was born

4 Billion years ago


The Earth was born - Formation of the Earth and the Moon

4.6 to 3.8 Billion years ago


From 'Hades' refering to the "hellish" conditions of the Earth.
No evidence of life on earth. A mass of dust, elements and particles and volcanic eruptions. Earth developed gravity and formed the earth's crust.

3.8 to 2.5 Billion years ago


The earliest known rocks formed

2.5 Billion to 570 Million years ago


The first life began to appear as hard-shelled animals.

570 Million years to the Present


Abundant life and diverse animals

570 Million years to 245 Million years


Ancient life such as fish, amphibians, and primitive reptiles

245 Million to 65 Million years


The first mammals and birds appeared

65 Million years to the Present


Mammals flourished and became dominant

570 Million years to 505 Millions years


Cambrian Period
Marine invertebrates (lacking a backbone) appeared, simple fish (big and small) with eyes, mollusks, crustaceans, sponges, worms, corals and aquatic algae. The first insects appeared

505 Million years to 438 Million years


Ordovician Period
The origin of land plants
Marine life flourished
The first vertebrate fish appeared

438 Million to 408 Million years


Silurian Period
Fish developed jaws, scales and fins
First air-breathing animals
Mountains formed

408 to 360 Million years


Devonian Period
The appearance of amphibians and the the development of forests, ferns, fungi and seeds. Scorpions and spiders appeared. Amphibians evolved into small reptiles.

360 to 320 Million years


Mississippian Period
The first winged insects appeared
Ammonites (prehistoric sea creatures similar to modern squid living in coiled shells) appeared.

245 to 208 Million years


Triassic Period
The ancestors of dinosaurs were the large reptiles, early mammals and mammal-like reptiles appeared with 'sails' on their backs.

208 to 145 Million years


Jurassic Period
The "Age of the Dinosaurs". Huge creatures that walked on two-legs and had powerful claws and teeth. The pterosaurs the first true flying reptiles appeared. The first birds appeared.

145 to 65 Million years


Cretaceous Period
The dinosaurs disappeared.
The age of reptiles and the appearance of modern insects and flowering plants

65 Million to 1.6 Million years ago


Many mammals developed including primitive whales, rodents, pigs, cats, and rhinos.

2 Million to 4 Million years ago


Gelasian Pleistocene period
Apes such as the gorilla and chimpanzee appeared
Homo habilis, an upright East African hominid having some advanced humanlike characteristics
Australopithecus is an extinct genus of hominids

1.8 Million years ago


Homo erectus meaning "upright man" appeared

600,000–350,000 years ago


Neanderthal (Homo neanderthalensis) an extinct species or subspecies of the genus Homo which is closely related to modern humans

350,000 years ago to present day


Homo Sapiens - modern human

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