Our last Earth’s calendar year milestone left us studying a vitally important date: On September 17, sexual reproduction begins, allowing organisms to mix genes and paving the for the great diversity we see today.
As we move through November, we begin to see the results of that process, as fungi begin to populate the soil and vertebrates appear.
In fact, jawless fish are the planet’s first vertebrates and they probably evolved from a creature similar to sea squirts. That’s according to Earth’s calendar year, where 144 years equals one second. If Earth was “born” on January 1, then February 25 would be the day life emerged. On November 15, fungi colonize the soil, and on November 20, the first vertebrates appear.
This far into the year, it’s interesting to stop and think that there are now at least 30 million other species on the planet. Together we represent less than 1 percent of all the species that have ever lived since Life first appeared on Earth 3.8 billion years ago. And among those 1 percent of species are the strategies that have sustained life for billions of years.
And that sets us humans up with a vault full of 3.8 billion years of R&D.
When we introduced you to the new Biomimicry.net a couple weeks ago, we mentioned we designed the site with Life’s Principles–design lessons from nature–in mind. We strove to replicate the strategies life uses to survive and thrive, and truly make this website really is the backbone of our presence online.
We added a set of new features to help share what we do, how we do it, and why it matters.
- What We Do: We’ve got an entirely new set of pages that show how we train the next generation of biomimics. Including a revamped Immersion Workshop pages. To celebrate the new site, we’re offering a new deal: A 25% registration discount for anyone who register for our Discover Nature’s Genius immersion workshop in California by December 6.
- How We Do It: Our DesignLens resources share the core components of our approach to using biomimicry, and they’re free to download. We’re happy that we can also now share the Dutch and Spanish translation of the DesignLens available for download.
- Why It Matters: Our mission is to help change-makers transform the world by emulating nature’s designs and core principles. Each year, our Speakers Bureau team spreads the inspiration of biomimicry worldwide. Our new Speakers Bureau page offers a great set of multimedia from all our speakers.
Go explore! And read on for more on November milestones on Earth’s calendar year.
November milestones on Earth’s calendar year
Fungi colonize the soil. The word colonize should not be used lightly here. In fact, the world’s largest organism is a honey mushroom mycelium that covers 4 square miles in Oregon.
Fish swim through the sea. Jawless fish are the planet’s first vertebrates and they probably evolved from a creature similar to sea squirts. interesting because jawless fish were our grandparents.
Land plants emerge. After green algae pools dry out, sending dry spores to spread across the land.
Arthropods crawl across the land. Transitioning from water to land, their jointed exoskeletons helped prevent them from drying out. Arthropods are the most successful phylum on the planet in terms of population size and diversity.
Here’s a look at what milestones we celebrated so far this year:
- Sexual reproduction: How nature creates complexity
- Photosynthesis: A renewable energy system born billions of years ago
- Nucleated cells: Setting the stage for an evolutionary explosion
- Life’s birthday: Celebrating 3.8 billion years of wisdom
Next up? It’s another intensely busy month for Mother Nature, as December see the introduction of more species than any other month with the appearance of amphibians, reptiles, mammals, birds, and flowers.