Earth’s 4.5 Billion Years of Evolution Condensed Into a One Hour Animation

The cleverly insightful animated video series Kurzgesagt took on the onerous task of animating a brilliant timeline of the 4.5 billion years it took for the Earth to evolve into its current form, with every second representing a million years. This animation, which encompasses each of the Earth’s four known geologic eons (HadeanArcheanProterozoic and Phanerozoic) and the various eras, periods, epoch and ages in between in a colorful and informative fashion, is an hour long and the longest they’ve ever done.

Our latest video has been 4.5 billion years in the making – it’s the story of Earth.
We’ve scaled the complete timeline of our Earth’s life into our first animated movie! Every second shows about a million years of the planet’s evolution.

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails. Lori can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.