Planet Earth (is 4,600 million years old)
If we condense this inconceivable timespan into an understandable concept, we can liken the Earth to a person of forty-six years of age.
Nothing is known about the first seven years of this person's life and, whilst only scattered information exists about the middle span, we know that only at the age of forty-two did the Earth begin to flower.
Dinosaurs and the great reptiles did not appear until one year ago, when the planet was forty-five. Mammals arrived only eight months ago; in the middle of last week man-like apes evolved into ape-like men and at the weekend the last ice age enveloped the Earth.
Modern man has been around for four hours.
During the last hour man discovered agriculture.
The Industrial Revolution began just a minute ago.
In the last nanosecond Planet Logistics Sameday Couriers have successfully collected and delivered your latest urgent shipment.