Darwin was familiar with how life with evolution moved along during the Cambrian Period, that time beginning about 542 million years ago. That was when a variety of life forms including animals began to appear. He wished he knew more about what preceded that period.
Since the 1940’s a lot about that earlier period has been discovered. Fossils have been found depicting life forms for the almost 100 million years before the period Darwin knew about. Predictable, the life forms during the earlier period were much more simple.
That earlier period is called the Ediacaran Period. The Smithsonian has a story about Ediacaran fossils the public is allowed to see in Newfoundland.
It is hard to comprehend that tectonic earth plates moved the fossils to Newfoundland from near Brazil. The fossils appear to be plants much different than any that exist today.
That these living things existed 600 million years ago makes the human experience of about 200,000 years unimportant. Christianity has existed for only one percent of human history.
Christianity tells us we are the most important beings on the earth. Its plants, animals, sun and water have but one purpose, for us to exploit and enjoy. If you do the math, this makes no sense. And, if we humans are that important, why did we not show up for 600 million years?
The gentleman who hosts the Newfoundland site provided some wisdom about humans on the globe. “We’ve been around for the blink of an eye….the planet will survive us. The earth will endure. Something will replace us.”