Darwin

The cover image shows Charles Darwin, 31, in a watercolor portrait by George Richmond in the late 1830s. Credit: Wikipedia

For a very short time, there are some special beings, who live on a small planet that revolves around a star.

When did the first men appear

Only after 15,000 million years of the birth of the Universe and after 4,500 million years since the Sun and Earth exist, the human has come to occupy a place in this Universe.

For almost 15,000,000,000 years since the birth of the Universe.

Almost at the end of the 4,500,000,000 years since the formation of the Sun and the Earth.

In the last years of all that, the human appeared.

Homo sapiens
Artistic image published on the BBC website. Credit: “bbc.com/mundo”

The first representative of the homo genus, that is, the immediate ancestor of modern man, was the “homo habilis“.

The “homo habilis” existed two million years ago and lasted until a million years ago, in East Africa. His cranial capacity was 650 and 800 cubic cm, he was 1.30 m tall and weighed about 40 kg.

Then came “homo erectus,” which dates back a million years and disappeared 500,000 years ago. It was omnivorous, making weapons and stone tools.

The “homo erectus” also provided food and skins to cover themselves.

The current man

It seems proven that anatomically modern humans appeared in Africa approximately 150,000 years ago.

The ancestor of modern man lived between 150,000 and 50,000 years old. It is called “homo faber“.

It exhibited the physical characteristics of modern man, as it showed his ability to work, think and express himself. The “Neanderthal man” belongs to this group.

The “Cro-Magnon man” lived between 50,000 and 20,000 years old. He is the man endowed with the anthropological characteristics of modern man.

The Cro-Magnon was a gatherer, hunter, and fisherman. He only differed from today’s man by his cultural level.

The human in recent years

One cannot help but reflect on the content of the Genesis text and think that the human has been absent from the Universe all along, except in the last “seconds” of those 15,000 million years.

Just less than 4,000 years ago, human began to scrutinize the heavens in a “scientific” way.

Milky Way
Self-portrait of the astronomer Alan Fitzsimmons, on May 13, 2013. Credit: ESO/A

Not even 400 years have passed since the telescope was invented. Less than 200 years have passed since man began to discover electricity.

Since then, all scientific advances have been very accelerated. It is not even 100 years since the secrets of atomic fusion were discovered.

LHC
Large Hadron Collider (LHC) located beneath the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland, built and operated by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Image credit: CERN

Now, the human being scrutinizes the skies and discovers the secrets of the Universe and of matter.

But at the same time, 21st century science is “playing with fire.” At least 9 countries harbor potentially destructive nuclear weapons.

Nuclear Bomb
Artistic image published in the magazine “Very interesting”, by Laura Marcos, on 08/29/2019 “

Only among Russia (6,375), USA (5,800) have enough power to destroy the entire planet, with more than 12,000 terribly destructive nuclear bombs.

At least 8 other countries also have nuclear weapons, within the reach of any madman who could unleash a world catastrophe.

You can’t stop thinking about what Genesis says about the “tree of life, in the middle of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”

The human is on the verge of being expelled from the “Garden of Eden” !!! It’s terrible.

The probability is very high that, after something as wonderful as the human has arisen in the Universe, it will disappear overnight.