Manifestations of changes within Earth’s interior—such as the develop-ment of mountains and volcanoes—have a huge influ-  Additionally, there are an estimated 10 nonillion (10 to the 31st power) individual viruses (including the related virions) on Earth, the most numerous type of biological entity, and which some biologists consider to be life forms.  However, a May 2016 scientific report estimates 1 trillion species currently on Earth, with only one-thousandth of one percent described. The first non-marine eukaryotes move onto land. The cyanobacterial-algal mat, salty lake on the White Sea seaside. They were photosynthetic and multicellular, indicating that plants evolved much earlier than originally thought. From 251.4 Ma to 66 Ma and containing the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.  About 200 virus types are known to cause diseases in humans.  Some researchers even speculate that life may have started nearly 4.5 billion years ago. The earth was formed about 4.6 billion years ago in a violent explosion of energy and dust according to the rock record from Earth and other planets. Earth’s Interior 4. These may be as old as 4.28 billion years, the oldest evidence of life on Earth, suggesting "an almost instantaneous emergence of life" after ocean formation 4.41 billion years ago. 3.5 Ga hot spring deposits", "World's Oldest Fossils Found in Greenland", "Potentially biogenic carbon preserved in a 4.1 billion-year-old zircon", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, "Organic matter in extraterrestrial water-bearing salt crystals", "Hints of life on what was thought to be desolate early Earth", "When did life first emerge on Earth? The struggle started and soon after earth’s formation, organisms start appearing. The earliest known life forms on Earth are putative fossilized microorganisms found in hydrothermal vent precipitates. ", Of all species of life forms that ever lived on Earth, over five billion, more than 99%, are estimated to be extinct. Major diversification of living things in the oceans: The first known footprints on land date to 530 Ma. The age of the Earth is about 4.54 billion years; the earliest undisputed evidence of life on Earth dates from at least 3.5 billion years ago.  The Earth's biosphere extends down to at least 19 km (12 mi) below the surface, and up to at least 76 km (47 mi) into the atmosphere, and includes soil, hydrothermal vents, and rock. There are about 7.5 billion people on the planet and researchers anticipate that the evolution of the Homo sapien can only be rendered extinct by a planetary-level catastrophe. This timeline of the evolutionary history of life represents the current scientific theory outlining the major events during the development of life on planet Earth. - Although viruses challenge our concept of what "living" means, they are vital members of the web of life", "There are more viruses than stars in the universe. ", "Oldest traces of life on Earth found in Quebec, dating back roughly 3.8 billion years", "Oldest fossil found: Meet your microbial mom", "Microbially Induced Sedimentary Structures Recording an Ancient Ecosystem in the ca. - More than a quadrillion quadrillion individual viruses exist on Earth, but most are not poised to hop into humans. Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.  According to biologist Stephen Blair Hedges, "If life arose relatively quickly on Earth … then it could be common in the universe.  More recently, in August 2020, bacteria were found to survive for three years in outer space, according to studies conducted on the International Space Station. 1986: 29. Major extinctions in terrestrial vertebrates and large amphibians. As planets age and cool off, their internal and surface processes gradually change.  A large extinction-event often represents an accumulation of smaller extinction- events that take place in a relatively brief period of time. It makes sense the first signs of life on planet earth are incredibly simple. In biology, evolution is any change across successive generations in the heritable characteristics of biological populations. 2500 Ma – 542 Ma.  In July 2020, marine biologists reported that aerobic microorganisms (mainly), in "quasi-suspended animation", were found in organically-poor sediments, up to 101.5 million years old, 250 feet (76.2 m) below the seafloor in the South Pacific Gyre (SPG) ("the deadest spot in the ocean"), and could be the longest-living life forms ever found. The Rise of Life: The First 3.5 Billion Years. Occasionally biodiversity on Earth takes a hit in the form of a mass extinction in which the extinction rate is much higher than usual.  The total mass of the biosphere has been estimated to be as much as 4 trillion tons of carbon. 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Further, the biosphere has been found to extend 800 m (2,600 ft; 0.50 mi) below the ice of Antarctica, and includes the deepest parts of the ocean, down to rocks kilometers below the sea floor.  However, a May 2016 scientific report estimates that 1 trillion species are currently on Earth, with only one-thousandth of one percent described. Life has been evolving on Earth for close to four billion years. , Stromatolites may have been made by microbes moving upward to avoid being smothered by sediment.. Multicellular life appeared. , A 2016 genetic study concluded that the last universal common ancestor (LUCA) may have lived in deep-sea hydrothermal vents 3.5 to 3.8 billion years ago. In the beginning, survival was difficult for any life forms. Can we find the ones that are? Researchers have identified five major extinction events in earth's history since:, (Dates and percentages represent estimates. ", "Researchers find that Earth may be home to 1 trillion species", "Are Viruses Alive? "The Pre-Cambrian encompasses nearly 90% of the Earth's history, stretching from 4.5 billion years ago, to 570 million years ago when the fossil evidence first reveals living cells." 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For about a billion years, the earth was a barren place of volcanic action and a less than suitable atmosphere for most types of life.  There is evidence that suggests life began as early as 4.5 billion years ago.  Moreover, there are more individual viruses than all the estimated stars in the universe; which, in turn, are considered to be more numerous than all the grains of beach sand on planet Earth. First, Short-faced bears vanish from North America, with the last, This page was last edited on 26 November 2020, at 22:28. It is subdivided into three eras, the Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic, which are divided by major mass extinctions. 900 million years: Earth day was now 18 hours long. The Stone Age; The Bronze Age; The Iron Age; Earth’s beginnings can be traced back 4.5 billion years, but human evolution only counts for a tiny speck of its history.  The earliest direct evidence of life on Earth are microfossils of microorganisms permineralized in 3.465-billion-year-old Australian Apex chert rocks.