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CONTENTS of 59,999,999 BC- 51,000 BC Large land and aquatic mammals appear; many kinds of primates appear (almost as many go extinct); an island continent finally disappears for good; the Mediterranean valley turns into the Mediterranean Sea; human beings emerge, develop housing, clothes, lamps, and drugs, breed dogs, use horses; Mars dies (or goes dormant)

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Approximately 30,000,000 BC: All the continents of Earth have finally reached positions which will be familiar to 20th century humanity; The dolphins of this time are smarter than the current predecessors of humanity

Antarctica is near completely ice-covered by now.

-- A visitor's introduction to Antarctica and its environment, found on or about 2-3-01; a reprint by NEW ZEALAND ANTARCTIC PROGRAMME of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with permission from the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research. The URL is from a Google search engine cache of http://www.icair.iac.org.nz/Subfolder/tourism/visitor.html

Something similar to a sea cow (dugong/manatee) has grown legs and made the transition from aquatic to semi-aquatic environments, on the way to full-fledged dry land status; one day this strange aquatic mammal equipped with a snorkel will become the elephant known in 1999 AD

-- "Early elephants used 'swimming trunks'", May 11, 1999, BBC News Online: Sci/Tech

Also taking place now: HERV-K (human endogenous retrovirus K) is managing to embed some of its own genetic patterns into the DNA of the primate predecessors of humanity (Old World monkeys). This new addition to primate DNA shares similarities with what will be called human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) by 20th century humanity.

Some three percent of 20th century human DNA will be composed of genetic remnants of inactive viruses like HERV-K (there will be 30 to 50 copies of HERV-K alone in a typical human being's DNA).

-- Human Genome Bears a Virus Related to HIV ["http://www.hhmi.org/news/cullen.htm"], November 9, 1999, HHMI research news

It may be these embedded remnants of fossil virus will help assist the late 20th century HIV-1 virus by acting as 'replacement parts' for it when anti-AIDS drugs impair the modern virus' functionality.

-- A "Fossil" Virus Involved In AIDS Drug Resistance? 4 DECEMBER 1998 Contact: Randy Atkins r_atkins@acs.org 202-872-4097 American Chemical Society

The dolphins of this era possess significantly more brain power than the current predecessors of 20th century humanity.

-- CNN - Scientists more optimistic about life beyond Earth - October 15, 1998, Associated Press/CNN

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