Earth is a remarkable planet that has undergone dramatic changes over the course of its 4.5 billion years of existence. From its fiery formation to its diverse life forms, Earth’s history is a fascinating story that can inspire awe and wonder. But how can we comprehend such a vast and complex timeline? A new animated video by Kurzgesagt, a popular YouTube channel that creates educational and entertaining videos, attempts to do just that. The video, titled “4.5 Billion Years in 1 Hour”, condenses the entire history of Earth into a 60-minute musical journey, where each second represents 1.5 million years.
The video begins with a simple analogy: imagine a train that travels through time, starting from the present and going backwards to the origin of Earth. The train has 60 cars, each representing 75 million years. As the train moves, we see the changes that occurred on Earth, both geologically and biologically. The video also displays the names of the geological eras and periods, as well as the major events that shaped the planet and its inhabitants.
The video is accompanied by a soothing and catchy soundtrack, composed by Epic Mountain, that matches the mood and pace of the animation. The music also helps to highlight the transitions and contrasts between different epochs, such as the emergence of life, the rise and fall of dinosaurs, the ice ages, and the evolution of humans.
A Celebration of 10 Years of Kurzgesagt
The video is not only a tribute to Earth, but also a celebration of the 10th anniversary of Kurzgesagt, which means “in a nutshell” in German. The channel was founded in 2013 by Philipp Dettmer, who wanted to create videos that explain complex topics in a simple and engaging way. Since then, Kurzgesagt has grown to have over 18 million subscribers and more than 1.5 billion views. The channel covers a wide range of subjects, such as science, technology, philosophy, history, and culture.
The video is also a gift to the fans and supporters of Kurzgesagt, who have helped the channel to produce high-quality and independent content. The video is available for free on YouTube, but it also comes with a poster that shows the timeline of Earth’s evolution in more detail. The poster can be purchased from the Kurzgesagt shop, and it also includes a QR code that links to the video.
A Reminder of Our Place in the Cosmos
The video is not only a stunning and informative animation, but also a reminder of our place in the cosmos. It shows us how Earth has changed over time, and how life has adapted and diversified. It also shows us how humans are a relatively recent and insignificant part of Earth’s history, and how our actions have the potential to affect the future of the planet and its life forms.
The video ends with a message of gratitude and hope: “Thank you for being here with us on this tiny blue dot. We hope you enjoyed the ride. And we hope you’ll stick around for the next billion years.”