The planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old – that leaves 750 million years in terms of its age seem like nothing – but in the space of 750 million years, a lot can change.
300 million years ago, the world consisted of only one continent: Pangea – 200 to 150 million years ago, it began to divide into two parts: Laurasia and Gondwana.
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With time and a very slow shift in our tectonic plates, our planet has become what it is today.
An old world digital globe rendering now allows you to see where your hometown would have been 750 million years ago ̵
Using data from a software platform called G-Plates, scientist Ian Webster created a digital globe where you can see where and when you lived at various points in Earth's history.
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The map consists of 91 paleogeographic maps from the Phanerozoic and late Neoproterozoic periods. An illustration of the old configuration of ocean basins and continents as well as important features such as mountains, shallow seas and deep oceans.
We searched for places where New York City would have been on different levels throughout history – the light pink marker shows where New York City was.
About 400 million years ago, the first vertebrates began to migrate ashore. The landscape of the earth looked very different than now.
When the first dinosaurs began to roam the earth 220 million years ago, New York City was far closer to Morocco than it is today.
While the continents of North and South America may look much more familiar than those In earlier landscapes, hominids did not appear until then.
Researchers have suggested that the earth plates will fuse into a "supercontinent" in about 300 million years, which they call Amasia.