by Matthew Cobb
I guess that many of you will have seen this, but to my surprise, I see we have never posted it here. This is from 2010:
What’s noteworthy is that give or take a few anachronisms (T. rex and Stegosaurus were not alive at the same time), this is reasonably accurate – in particular it has a Dimetrodon-like organism as Homer’s ancestor, which indeed it was (or rather, it was our ancestor).
It does however skip over the transition to an early chordate and then to a bony fish in a remarkably brief time. And it suffers from the terrible sin of presentism, whereby the last few hundred years take up as much time as scores of millions of years deep in the past.
But hey, you know what? Humans don’t have yellow skin and bug eyes. It’s a cartoon, folks!