Let’s be honest, we’ve all wondered.
Obviously, Britain wasn’t Britain when dinosaurs roamed the earth, but where exactly was your home in the days of T.Rex, Stegosaurus and Diplodocus?
Well, with an interactive map you can go back in time to find out.
Ancient Globe shows how continents split and reshaped as oceans moved back and forth over 750 million years of our planet’s history.
It also contains a number of tools that make it easy to learn more about the earth, such as: B. where the first reptiles lived or when the first flower bloomed.
Earth at the Time of the Dinosaur Extinction: Ancient Globe shows how continents split and reshaped as oceans moved back and forth over 750 million years of the planet’s history. Here is Britain 66 million years ago
The map is based on research from Northern Arizona University and shows that people are “only a fraction of the story,” said Ian Webster, the former Google engineer behind it.
WHAT TIMES DOES THE MAP SHOW?
cryogenic period – 750 million years ago
Ediacan period – 600 million years ago
Early Cambrian – 540 million years ago
Late Cambrian – 500 million years ago
Ordovician period – 470 million years ago
Late Ordovician – 450 million years ago
Silurian period – 430 million years ago
Devonian period – 400 million years ago
Late Devonian – 370 million years ago
carbonaceous period – 340 million years ago
Late Carbon – 300 million years ago
Permian period – 280 million years ago
Late Perm – 260 million years ago
Early Triassic – 240 million years ago
Middle Triassic – 220 million years ago
Loose triads – 200 million years ago
Jurassic period – 170 million years ago
Leave the law – 150 million years ago
Early Cretaceous – 120 million years ago
Chalk – 105 million years ago
Late Cretaceous – 66 million years ago
Early Tertiary – 50 million years ago
Middle Tertiary – 35 million years ago
neocene – 20 million years ago
The website allows you to jump back and forth between the extinction of the dinosaurs and the appearance of the first hominids – the primate family that includes humans and our fossil ancestors.
You do this by entering your location on the map, which then feeds it into plate tectonic models and allows users See where countries were hundreds of millions of years ago.
For example, you can see where the UK, US, Europe, Africa, Australia, Russia, India, China and more were located during the time of the dinosaurs.
It includes the Early Triassic period 240 million years ago to the Jurassic period 170 million years ago and the Cretaceous period 90 and 105 million years ago.
At that time, Africa had a vast ocean flowing along its northeastern edge, while Australia and Antarctica almost touched each other.
The map also shows what the Earth looked like when the dinosaurs were wiped out by a giant asteroid 66 million years ago.
When searching for locations, the site’s rotating 3D globe shows where on Earth that area was millions of years ago.
It even shows which dinosaurs lived in the area you’re looking for.
For example, Eustreptospondylus was a carnivore that lived in what is now England during the Jurassic period.
Another species of dinosaur, Neovenator, lived in what is now the United Kingdom and France.
Summaries of each period show what happened at different stages, such as the early Cambrian period 540 million years ago.
Also of particular importance is the formation of Pangea about 280 million years ago, when the entire landmass of the Earth merged into a single supercontinent surrounded by an ocean, Panthalassa.
The east coast of the United States would have bordered North Africa, while the US Gulf Coast would have bordered Cuba.
Mr Webster told MailOnline that he created the interactive map as a useful educational tool for younger generations.
“I chose this map because I find ancient history and geology fascinating,” added the software engineer.
“It’s hard to imagine what the earth used to look like. Putting this knowledge into a form we’re all used to—an interactive globe—can go a long way toward becoming a geologic history teaching tool.
The map is based on research from Northern Arizona University and shows that people are “only a fraction of the story”, said Ian Webster, the former Google engineer behind it. This is what the earth looks like today
The map ranges from the Early Triassic 240 million years ago to the Cretaceous 90 (photo) and 105 million years ago
It also shows the Jurassic period 170 million years ago, when dinosaurs flourished and marine life diversified
Webster created the map as a web application that sits on top of another map that visualizes geologic models created by geologist and paleogeographer Christopher Scotese.
These models describe the evolution of plate tectonics 750 million years ago, around the time green algae first evolved in Earth’s oceans.
You can also search for what our planet looked like when it got its first shells, coral reefs, vertebrates, land plants and animals, insects and reptiles.
You can also jump to the first grasses, the first humanoids, when the supercontinents Pannotia and Pangea existed and when the dinosaurs became extinct.
Linked to the site is the Dinosaur Database, which is full of facts and figures about the ancient and terrifying creatures that once roamed the earth.
The site even reveals which dinosaurs used to live near the area you searched for. For example, Eustreptospondylus (shown in this artist’s rendering) was a carnivore that lived in what is now England during the Jurassic period
Another species of dinosaur, Neovenator (pictured), lived in what is now Britain and France
WHEN WERE THE “BIG FIVE” EARTH EXTINCTIONS?
Traditionally, scientists have referred to the “Big Five” mass extinctions, including perhaps the most famous mass extinction caused by a meteorite impact that caused the end of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.
But the other great extinctions were caused by phenomena that are entirely terrestrial in origin, and although they are less well known, we can learn something from examining them that may shed light on our current environmental crises.
James is an author and travel journalist who writes for The Fashion Vibes. With a love for exploring new cultures and discovering unique destinations, James brings his readers on a journey with him through his articles.