The Stages and Ages of Man on Earth

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Shakespeare wrote about the Seven ages of man,, read on to find out about the Eight ages of man on Earth

In the beginning

The age of the Earth is thought to be 4.54 billion years; this is based on evidence from radiometric age dating of meteorite material and is consistent with the ages of the oldest-known terrestrial and lunar samples.
And for a minute part of that time man has been a part of it, in fact it is only two and a half million years ago since a genus ”Homo” appeared and two hundred thousand years since humans started looking like they do today.

Shakespeare once wrote about the seven ages of man
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players,
They have their exits and entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.
Then, the whining schoolboy with his satchel
and shining morning face, creeping like snail
unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden, and quick in quarrel
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice
In fair round belly, with good capon lin’d,
With eyes severe, and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws, and modern instances,
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose, and pouch on side,
His youthful hose well sav’d, a world too wide,
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again towards childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.


Twenty five thousand years ago the Neanderthals died out and the man that is the closes to how we are today, began to make his mark.
this appearance of man on earth could be grouped into eight ages, Shakespeare wrote about the seven ages on man, this is the eight ages of man on earth.

About 5–7 million years ago, the evolution of Homo sapiens split off from their common ancestor the chimpanzee, several species and subspecies of Homo evolved and slowly but surely became man, this man was similar to how we are today all the other subspecies of Homo became extinct, that was….2.5 million years ago

  • The Neanderthals(Homo sapiens neanderthalensis)

Lived between 120,000 up to around 35,000 years ago, the species was always regarded as not our ancestors but a different species however the modern thinking is that there may well have been interbreeding between the Neanderthals and Homo sapiens 75,000 BC. And is backed up by the fact that nearly all modern humans have 1% to 4% of their DNA derived from Neanderthal DNA

The Ice age

In the next age of man came…..

  • The Ice age

In fact there have been at least five major ice ages in the Earth’s past, but I want to talk about the age between 35,000 up to 10,000 years ago.

Man during the Ice Age , is usually thought of as a violent, ape-like man that went around hunting Mammoths, sabre-toothed tigers and the like, in fact during this period man evolved very quickly from his distant cousin the Neanderthal into the species we are today, that’s not to say he didn’t chase woolly mammoths and such, let’s face it the guy had to eat.

The ice age came and went, man's next age developed from Prehistoric times with the introduction of instruments and weapons made from stone, into……

  • The Stone Age

Man began to learn how to cut stone into shapes, he became a better hunter because of his weapons, he became a better artist often using his new found skills to paint and draw, and by doing so became the first to record what was going on during his life time by means of a type of diary painted onto the wall of the caves he lived in Stone age man came to an end around 3000 BC with the discovery of Copper

The Copper Age

This was a short an interim period between the Stone Age and the Bronze age

Was between 3000 to 600 BC, followed by the development of Iron

  • The Iron Age

The Iron age was between 600 to 200 BC from 200 years before Christ up to today’s man, we still use in some way or another all the skills learned by our ancestors. and now we are living in another age…

  • The space age,

This started on October 4th 1957 with the first artificial satellite Sputnik 1, now with new discoverers away from the planet, the space age could well be the beginning of life for man on a new planet, what will be the first age for man on his new planet?

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author avatar Jerry Walch
25th Jan 2011 (#)

Great job Johnny. I felt like I was back in Anthropology 101.

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author avatar James R. Coffey
25th Jan 2011 (#)

Very nice (and diverse) presentation, Johnny!

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author avatar Artur Victoria
25th Jan 2011 (#)

Good one Johnny !

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author avatar Ecoplants
26th Jan 2011 (#)

Very Interesting and Good Thinking!

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author avatar Angelique Newman
26th Jan 2011 (#)

What a article! You did an excellent job Johnny.

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author avatar Retired
27th Jan 2011 (#)

Wow, what a really great piece of work.

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author avatar LOVERME
27th Jan 2011 (#)

.......All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players,......Shakespeare’s

I must be Shakespeare’s incarnate
I had never come across these lines
When in school
I wrote a few lines
While playing with a dolls house

This world's a stage,
Where all its men and women
Are its toys
And the child is God himself...

The teacher smacked me,
For my insolence,
In calling God a child,
He is the creator.
She tore the page.
How I wish she’d listened to me,
I would have been a sage.

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author avatar Sundance
8th Mar 2012 (#)

To some, wisdom is frightening. To others, life. To emerge from the storm that is fear, and have wisdom, is to be rewarded only with knowledge.

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