As a by-product of genetic evolution, the birth of our species is inextricably linked to the evolution of the planets biosphere and its dazzling biota. The Diary of You unfolds this sequence of biological mile-stones as a uniquely personal narrative.
The 4.6 billion-year life of the planet has also been matched here against a one-year calendar and divided into twelve individual months in order to transpose the passage of geological time into proportions that we can readily grasp. According to this diary time-scale Earth was born at midnight on January 1, and You were conceived in a genetic sense about 600 million years later, in mid February. Meanwhile, evidence archived in the biota and within cells of your body suggests that although You remain typically bacterial, you are nevertheless unique.
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