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The history of life

Life on Earth has been around for quite a while - millions of years to be exact - and the Earth itself is much older. Timescales like these can be really tricky to understand, so we have tried to simplify it all for you.

Megan the Megalosaurus One way of doing this is by compressing all of geological time into a single year. In this section you can also discover the geological timescale that shows you all the different time periods, and best of all, you can investigate the past by playing with our interactive geological map of Britain.

To find out more about the history of life and geological time, select one of the links below.

The history of life in a single year!

The geological timescale

The interactive map - where do you live?

Megan the Megalosaurus Discover the history of life in these pages.

The history of life in a single year!
The geological timescale
The interactive map - where do you live?

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