55,000,000 Years Ago
All of human history lies between here are the village shop. In fact, every human being you have ever heard of and every event in human history can be found within half a centimeter of the village shop's door!
Between where you stand now and the village shop lies the evolution of all the animals since the age of the dinosaurs. Crocodiles, sharks, nautilus, jellyfish, sponges, monkey puzzle trees, mosses and many more organisms have survive the dinosaurs, and are now joined by such species as zebras, koalas, wolves, dolphins, ostriches, kestrels, dandelions!
One of the new groups of mammals to evolve is the primates. These creatures originally live in trees, and many species still do (the ancestors of gorillas, lemurs, orangutans and chimpanzees), but some will leave the forests and make the grasslands of what is now Africa their home. These are early ancestors of humans and the fossil record shows a gradual evolution of species from these early primates to modern humans.
Move to one centimeter away from the village shop door. The doorway is the present day and the school is at the birth of the universe. In the distance between you and the door lies the evolution of Homo Habilis, arguably the first 'human' and the first to use stone tools, Homo Erectus and Homo Neanderthalis, all of whom are now extinct.
A millimeter from the doorway will evolve Homo Sapiens, the modern human. You.
Within that millimeter lies the stone age; the Ancient Egyptians; great Chinese empires; Alexander the Great; Jesus, Buddha and Confucius; viking longships; the Tudors; William Shakespeare; every war you've ever heard of; every invention every made; every marriage; every party; every one of your relatives and mine!
We are a tiny part of the history of a very large universe, but this hair's breath of existence is everything that we have. All paths have led to this point, paused in a doorway...
... what is important to us, and where do we go next?
As you leave the village shop do please walk a little way back down the road and consider what you have read... more may be revealed!