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7 epic epochs of the earth, ranking list


1st Pleistocene, 2.6 million to 11,700 years ago

The very best time on earth. Geologically speaking, the Pleistocene was extremely young and of great importance. It is also the final chapter in which the earth’s climate has remained untouched by human changes.


Isaac Schultz

Science writer at Gizmodo, previously Atlas Obscura. A native of New York. Mostly ancient things (on Earth and beyond) and extremely large or incredibly small masses.


The author has a 2018 bachelor’s degree in religious studies and a 2019 master’s degree in journalism. In his mind he never really lived in the Holocene, which may explain his absence on his list. Very little in the article was worth quoting.

Isaac Schultz ‘7 Epic Epochs of the Earth, Ranking List …

7. Late Permian, 260 million to 251 million years ago … This epoch certainly ended with the worst time for life on earth.

6. Anthropocene: No epoch, no actual geological period.

5th Eocene, 56 to 34 million years ago … He got one right! The Eocene is actually an epoch. He classifies it under the Pleistocene because “the Eocene is lower than the Pleistocene due to the lack of woolly mammoths and Neanderthals”.

4. Paleoarchaean, 3.6 billion to 3.2 billion years ago … He states that this is “technically not an epoch” … It is an era / era … A time period corresponding to the Paleozoic, Mesozoic or Cenozoic.

3. Late Cretaceous, 100 million to 66 million years ago … Isaac seems to have a thing for mass extinction.

2. Early Cambrian, 541 million to 510 million years ago … Actually two epochs (series), the Terreneuvian and the “series 2”. The Cambrian Explosion would certainly have been an interesting period.

And now to Isaac Schultz’s preferred geological epoch …

Come as number 1 … drum roll please … The Pleistocene epoch, 2.6 million to 11,700 years ago … This explains the point at which the climatariat wants to reverse climate change.

The very best time on earth. Geologically speaking, the Pleistocene was extremely young and of great importance. It is also the final chapter in which the earth’s climate has remained untouched by human changes. However, there were modern humans back then, and we were busy interbreeding with Neanderthals and Denisovans. The Pleistocene saw the first art and, perhaps most importantly, woolly mammoths and delightfully armored glyptodons bobbing around in the cooler parts of the planet. There were also cave bears, saber-toothed tigers, and giant ground sloths. At one point the youngest northern glaciers reached as far as Manhattan. The Pleistocene is a fascinating border space between our recorded history and deep time that contains many clues as to how humans became what we are today.


What do you think hates Isaac more? People or capitalism? While it is nearly impossible to determine the average life expectancy of humans during the Pleistocene, the vast majority of fossilized modern humans appear to have died between the ages of 20 and 40 (Trinkaus, 2011). If we went back to the Pleistocene, this would be the norm:

“The very best time on earth.” Science News March 1, 1975

This is how he described the nonexistent Anthropocene:

So something went wrong here. Only one species managed to heat and pollute the globe and cause mass extinction.

Of course, a fake mass extinction fits right into a fake epoch.

However, he loves the Eocene …

Great times. Basically the prequel of the Pleistocene in terms of mammalian predominance, the Eocene was the mid-Paleogene epoch that came after an asteroid impact that wiped out almost all dinosaurs.

3a. Marine pCO2 (Foram Bor δ11B, Alkenon δ13C), atmospheric CO2 from plant crevices (green and yellow diamonds with red outlines), Mauna Loa instrumental CO2 (thick red line) and Cenozoic temperature change from benthic foram δ18O (light gray line). Cenozoic seawater pH value from boricotopes in planktonic foraminifera (modified from Pearson & Palmer, 2000). Note that the pH was lower than PETM 51.5 (EECO) and 59.5 Ma. Note: Older is on the right. Modern pH data (HOTS, Dore et al., 2009) are published for comparison. As with temperatures, the amplitude of the proxy time series on multi-decadal to hundred year time scales should be considered the minimum of true variability on these time scales due to the much lower resolution than the instrumental data. Older is right.

Most of the people who are completely backward babbling about the Anthropocene long for the pristine climatic base of the Holocene (/ SARC). Isaac Schultz is becoming more and more retarded and longing for the Pleistocene … An era in which “pine” trees often had difficulty “breathing” (Ward et al., 2005).

For reference, here is the official geological time scale:


To my use of the word “delay”

I’ll have comedian Jim Breuer explain the context. If you don’t want to see the entire hilarious sketch, the most relevant part starts around the five-minute mark …


Trinkaus, Erik. Late Pleistocene Adult Mortality Patterns and Modern Human Establishment Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Jan. 2011, 108 (4) 1267-1271; DOI: 10.1073 / pnas.1018700108

Ward JK, Harris JM, Cerling TE, Wiedenhoeft A, Lott MJ, Dearing MD, Coltrain JB, Ehleringer JR. Carbon starvation in glacial trees recovered from the La Brea tar pits in Southern California. Proc Natl Acad Sci US A. 2005 Jan 18; 102 (3): 690-4. doi: 10.1073 / pnas.0408315102. Epub 2005, January 10th. PMID: 15642948; PMCID: PMC544040.

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