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The Stages and Ages of Man on Earth

A look at the seven ages of man, and the nine of man on Earth.

The age of the Earth is thought to be 4.54 billion years; this is based on evidence from radiometric age dating of meteorite material and is consistent with the ages of the oldest-known terrestrial and lunar samples.

And for a minute part of that time man has been a part of it, in fact it is only two and a half million years ago since a genus ”Homo” appeared and two hundred thousand years since humans started looking like they do today.

Shakespeare once wrote about the seven ages of man

All the world's a stage,

And all the men and women merely players,

They have their exits and entrances,

And one man in his time plays many parts,

His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,

Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.

Then, the whining schoolboy with his satchel

and shining morning face, creeping like snail

unwillingly to school. And then the lover,

Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad

Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,

Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,

Jealous in honour, sudden, and quick in quarrel,

Seeking the bubble reputation

Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice

In fair round belly, with good capon lin'd,

With eyes severe, and beard of formal cut,

Full of wise saws, and modern instances,

And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts

Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,

With spectacles on nose, and pouch on side,

His youthful hose well sav'd, a world too wide,

For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,

Turning again towards childish treble, pipes

And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,

That ends this strange eventful history,

Is second childishness and mere oblivion,

Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

First reconstruction of a Neanderthal male

  • Twenty five thousand years ago the Neanderthals died out and the man that is the closes to how we are today, began to make his mark, this appearance of man on earth could be grouped into eight ages, but this would be the eight ages of man on earth.
  • About 5–7 million years ago, the evolution of Homo sapiens split off from their common ancestor the chimpanzee, several species and subspecies of Homo evolved and slowly but surely became man, this man was similar to how we are today all the other subspecies of Homo became extinct, that was....
  • 2.5 million years ago The Neanderthals (Homo sapiens neanderthalensis)

Lived between 120,000 up to around 35,000 years ago, the species was always regarded as not our ancestors but a different species however the modern thinking is that there may well have been interbreeding between the Neanderthals and Homo sapiens 75,000 BC. And is backed up by the fact that nearly all modern humans have 1% to 4% of their DNA derived from Neanderthal DNA

In the next age of man came.....

  • The Ice age,

In fact there have been at least five major ice ages in the Earth's past, but I want to talk about the age between 35,000 up to 10,000 years ago.

Man during the Ice Age man, is usually thought of as a violent, ape-like man that went around hunting Mammoths, sabre-toothed tigers and the like, in fact during this period man evolved very quickly from his distant cousin the Neanderthal into the species we are today, that’s not to say he didn’t chase woolly mammoths and such, let’s face it the guy had to eat.

The ice came and went, mans next age developed from Prehistoric times with the introduction of instruments and weapons made from stone, into......

  • The Stone Age

Man began to learn how to cut stone into shapes, he became a better hunter because of his weapons, he became a better artist often using his new found skills to paint and draw, and by doing so became the first to record what was going on during his life time by means of a type of diary painted onto the wall of the caves he lived in Stone age man came to an end around 3000 BC with the discovery of Copper

  • The Copper Age

This was a short an interim period between the Stone Age and the Bronze age

Bronze cup from Late Bronze Age in the area of today's Czech Republic on display in National Museum in Prague

  • The Bronze Age

Was between 3000 to 600 BC, followed by the development of Iron

  • The Iron Age

The Iron age was between 600 to 200 BC from 200 years before Christ up to today’s man, we still use in some way or another all the skills learned by our ancestors. and now we are living in another age...

  • The space age,

This started on October 4th 1957 with the first artificial satellite Sputnik 1, now with new discoverers away from the planet, the space age could well be the beginning of life for man on a new planet, what will be the first age for man on his new planet?

The Space Shuttle lifts off on a manned mission to space.

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Comments (7)

Quite the endeavor, Johnny! Some pretty interesting facts--even to an old anthropologist!

PS, no votes left, but I'll catch it tomorrow!

Ranked #3 in Anthropology

Another great one here Johnny.

Well, Johnny, you went and done it again. This article revived memories of Anthropology 101 that I took what seems like a millennium ago.

Excellent recollection Johnny. It seemed I had been here forever.

Very informative l and well written.

Ranked #10 in Anthropology

Great job. Well researched work.

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