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Geologic Time Periods should be listed[edit]

Under Geologic Time Periods, only a link to the main Wiki article is given (which itself is very voluminous). Suggest summarizing the main Geologic Time Periods in this article; it is one of the most important time periods of our planet and should be at least summarized here. Also, the newest Geologic Time Period is being suggested as the Anthropocene ( ) which should at least be mentioned in the listing as it appears to have a lot of acceptance by the Geologic community. Tony (talk) 15:24, 7 April 2012 (UTC)

Timeline needs to be brought to agreement[edit]

The timeline needs to be brought to agreement with there are many different time periods with more extended times---- whats up people say hi to me

GRR. I *will* start looking at linked pages before spending ages entering lots of data. I *will*. :-( -- Khendon

moved from article: This list is under construction: the eventual aim is for it to be a compendium of names of eras and epochs in all fields of study. To do:

  • periods should have approximate dates added in the format (start - finish)
  • lists should be in chronological order of the start of their period.'

Lots more periods need to be added to the "historical periods" bit. Carcharoth 10:21, 7 September 2006 (UTC) people shud post sum reliable stuff

Some examples could be found at pages beginning "Age of". See here. Some examples (some geological or biological alternative names need including as well):
I've just noticed the Golden Age is already there. But many of these periods are not in the article, and there are many, many more not mentioned here or there. Carcharoth 10:43, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

Not sure what the scope of this article is[edit]

Do you want more localized terms like Directoire (France 1795-1799), English Regency (Great Britain 1811-1820), etc.? I hesitated about adding them to the list the way it is now... Churchh 03:03, 20 September 2006 (UTC)

I thnk the scope of the article is anything and everything! Please do add examples like that, but if they are very specific and narrow, maybe start a new section. Carcharoth 10:09, 6 October 2006 (UTC)

Some more periods[edit]

  Hunter-gatherer bands → Social rank → tribes → Social stratification → chiefdoms → Neolithic Revolution → Civilization: Agrarian society (Pre-industrial society): Agrarian villages → Towns → Cities → City-states → Nation-states → Industrial Revolution → (Modern) Industrial society → (Postmodern) Post-industrial society → Informational Revolution → Information society → Digital Revolution → Globalization → ?

--The Transhumanist 15:52, 6 October 2006 (UTC)

  • Time periods from some geographical areas are listed under periods which exclusively refer to different geographical areas. One example are Asian dynasties listed under The Middle Ages, which refers exclusively to Europe. This needs to be fixed. Ordosingularis (talk) 23:58, 29 June 2008 (UTC)

I've had a go at tidying the antiquities bit and making cosmological easier to follow.

I've linked to Mesopotamian and Roman timeline pages rather than include lots of separate mentions. I think this works better than trying to include everything here.Filceolaire 17:31, 29 October 2006 (UTC)

Anyone know what the starting date would be for the Oil Age?- J Logan t: 10:22, 31 January 2008 (UTC)
Lots of dates can be used.
  • 1846 - Abraham Gesner invents kerosene making coal and oil practical raw materials for lighting fuel.
  • 1859 - Edwin Drake invents the first modern drilling process for deep wells. Launches large scale oil exploration in Pennsylvania and many other places.
  • 1879 - Karl Benz produces the first practical gasoline-powered automobile.
  • 1901 - Anthony F. Lucas strikes a gusher at Spindletop, Beaumont, Texas, creating by far the most productive well ever established and causing oil prices to plummet (making oil products very cheap worldwide).
The 1901 date is probably the most commonly used.
--Mcorazao (talk) 16:39, 22 October 2009 (UTC)

-- "Big data age"? -- that's a new one. I think the "conceptual age" is replacing the information age, and there is an article about it. The new age is definitely NOT about data, it's about what can be done with it.

Greg -- —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:43, 14 November 2010 (UTC)

Historical periods[edit]

I'm not shure Post-modern is US period only (: (talk) 09:59, 10 March 2008 (UTC) Andrew B.

suggestion for grouping of historical time periods[edit]

As it is now, the list of historical time periods ( is loosely chronological without any other type of organization. Time periods for very different civilizations are all on top of each other, and it makes the list confusing.

My suggestion is to have seperate categories for different continents or civilizations. For example, having one category for china and its dynasties, another category for europe, another for the middle east (before and after islam) would make the list much more clear and easy to understand.. as well as easier to expand.

Perhaps we could have a modern category for time periods that included most world affairs, like wwII and information age which are there now. Bigdan201 (talk) 09:37, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

Yes, this would be WAY more coherent if the periods were at least grouped into world regions. This is viable for the ancient periods of time. I'm not sure what to do for modern world events though. FUTURI (talk) 21:52, 3 May 2011 (UTC)
Finally grouped everything up to make it more organized. Hope this works. FUTURI (talk) 21:24, 4 May 2011 (UTC)

How do they name the periods?[edit]

For example the 'Edwardian' period is named after prince Edward, the 'Elizabethan' period named after queen Elizabeth and so on. What is it called when you turn someones name into a period, how do you go about doing it? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Fatcud (talkcontribs) 15:36, 4 October 2009 (UTC)

They name the periods after significant people or events that took place during this time. For example, the period of the Industrial Revolution was the time where technology developed rapidly and allowed cities to form instead of Europe relying on rural and agricultural means. The Elizabethan era was named after Queen Elizabeth the First. The Bronze Age was where the usage of Bronze appeared in early human civilizations. FUTURI (talk) 21:54, 3 May 2011 (UTC)

Big Data Age[edit]

There is not yet such formulated thing as "Big Data Age" since all the written history could be characterised as "Data Age" and at last 200 years as "Big Data Age". However as I agree that this age will be characterised by large amount of data I will just change it to something more grammatically accurate:"Large Amount of Data Age" —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:40, 21 November 2010 (UTC)

Formation of Population I stars[edit]

What is this section doing here? pasted in by accident or what? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:12, 11 December 2010 (UTC)

I have no idea, but I took it down because it doesn't have any relevance to the topic. I'm surprised that section was left up here so long. I just joined yesterday and saw it while browsing. FUTURI (talk) 21:07, 3 May 2011 (UTC)

Age of Information[edit]

Would it be a viable idea to add a mention of the Age of Information? Also, I believe that we need to update and add the decade of 2000-2010. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:14, 8 February 2011 (UTC)

Re-did the Cosmological time period section[edit]

I tried to expand it and make it more understandable...sort of like a primer to Big Bang theory. It's not that great, but I'm hoping it's a start. FUTURI (talk) 21:47, 3 May 2011 (UTC)

Beside "Copper Age," there are the words "death is serious" Looks like a troll, but I honestly have not much of a clue on how to edit Wikipedia to try and fix it. I came here to at least try and let someone know. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:02, 30 January 2013 (UTC)