Time is relative, and there’s even something illusionist about it (this is especially true when we try to condense the entire history of humanity, from its unicellular origins to our present form, within a small flipbook.) This video does just that. It’s shows a small book made by the graphic artist Jurien Moller and which tells the story of the species: 550 million years of evolution in just a few seconds.

As though by magic, the eras of human history, immeasurably temporal, pass quickly between the fingers of Moller’s flipbook. Among many other things, it’s a paper-made reflection of time and the overwhelming miracle of the evolution of humankind, the personal interpretation of someone who’s marveled over all these things.

Here’s both the video version, and another showing exactly how the artist did it.

Image: Public domain

Time is relative, and there’s even something illusionist about it (this is especially true when we try to condense the entire history of humanity, from its unicellular origins to our present form, within a small flipbook.) This video does just that. It’s shows a small book made by the graphic artist Jurien Moller and which tells the story of the species: 550 million years of evolution in just a few seconds.

As though by magic, the eras of human history, immeasurably temporal, pass quickly between the fingers of Moller’s flipbook. Among many other things, it’s a paper-made reflection of time and the overwhelming miracle of the evolution of humankind, the personal interpretation of someone who’s marveled over all these things.

Here’s both the video version, and another showing exactly how the artist did it.

Image: Public domain