what a great boobtube experience that was! neil tyson narrated what they called cosmic calendar, the essence of which was to chart the birth of the universe till the day when man invented writing 6,000 years ago. and the best possible way to make an outline that is easily understood is to use the current calendar. 40 million years correspond to one day and this would translate to each month as 1.2 billion years. below is how this event is recorded using our calendar:
january 1 – big bang happened.
march 13 – milky way was born.
august 31 – sun was born.
september 10 – earth was born.
september 21 – life on earth emerged. thereafter, the age of ocean monsters started.
december 17 – earth welcomed the first sea creature that stepped on land, allowing the appearance of several other species. life on earth exploded.
december 28 – the first flowering emerged, allowing further upsurge in living things on earth.
december 30 – an asteroid hit earth and forever changed life on the still young planet, killing off more than 90% of the living creatures.
december 31, 11:59:46 – man emerged, thanks to the cataclysmic asteroidal hit.
30,000 years ago – the first painting was made in the caves of western europe.
6,000 years ago – man finally invented writing, thanks to the earliest civilizations in tigris and euphrates rivers in what is now known as iraq.
and as they say, the rest was history.