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The planet we call our home, Earth is a unique and amazing planet. While you might think about it as having existed ‘forever’ it’s really only been around for roughly 4.5 billion years.

If you take all the major events that have happened on our planet (within reason) and stretch them out lengthwise, the timeline itself would stretch across the US itself. Business Insider a couple of years ago did this inside a mere 3-minute animation, yes three minutes to sum up the history of our entire planet. From Los Angeles to New York so many things can be broken down and were within this animation. 

The description of this video on BI’s YouTube channel ‘Science Insider’ goes as follows:

“The Earth is really, really old. Over 4 1/2 billion years old, in fact. How do we begin to comprehend a number that large? It helps to put it on a more fathomable scale. Watch to see where Earth’s major events would fall on a timeline stretching across the US. 

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Everything from the moment the Earth was formed to the start of the information age is covered within this video and it is quite mind-blowing to watch. The things that have occurred throughout the history of this planet are completely crazy to think about. We have as humanity come so far and yet the world itself was already doing so much without our existence, to begin with.

As a matter of fact, until the timeline reaches Kansas, oxygen-producing cyanobacteria weren’t even present just yet. This already 2.7 billion years in and only just the tip of the iceberg when you really think about all the life present on our planet today. Dinosaurs weren’t even wiped out until about 66 million years ago which realistically looking at it in the grand scheme of things was not too long ago. 

If you have a few minutes to spare please check this video out for yourself below. When do you think humans will pop up on the timeline? Were you right?