If you could visualize the history of life on Earth, how would you do it?  Visual.ly user Pankaj was certainly up for the challenge and delivered this stunning visualization.

The infographic represents roughly 4 billion years of life on Earth (though the first billion years are a bit fuzzy… where we’d need to start talking about abiogenesis and the “beginning” of life to get a better understanding of why it’s tricky).  You can reference the Timeline of Evolutionary Life (source:  Wikipedia) to have a better idea of the timelines the graphic spans.

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The History of Life on Earth (infographic)

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