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Thanks for the memories  July 26, 2012

The history of life on Earth in a single day

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Michelle Starr is the tiger force at the core of all things. She also writes about cool stuff and apps as CNET Australia's Crave editor. But mostly the tiger force thing.

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If the entire history of the Earth was compressed into a single 24-hour day, here's how that day would pan out.

We've seen the 4.54 billion years of the Earth's history told in a minute; now there's a video that breaks down the scale of the Earth's history in a single day.

It's actually a pretty boring morning; from 4AM until 1PM, there's nothing but single-celled organisms roaming about. After dinner, though, is when things get really busy. It's mind boggling how little time we humans have spent on Earth compared to the life of the Earth itself. We won't spoil it: watch it for yourself below.

The video was written and created by Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown after reading Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything, with Moffit on Music and Brown on art.

Head on over to the YouTube page to get a link to the free audio book version and to tell Brown and Moffit how great their video is.


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TravisG posted a comment   

Very cool video putting humans in context!

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