New interactive map lets you see where your hometown was located 500 million years ago - here’s how to use it

Tuesday, 8th September 2020, 1:50 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th September 2020, 1:50 pm
The map gives users the ability to virtually travel back in time with use of pre-set time increments.
The map gives users the ability to virtually travel back in time with use of pre-set time increments.

Scientists have created an online interactive map, revealing where your hometown was located before millions of years of continental drift.

California palaeontologist Ian Webster created the new map in a web application, based on geological models created by Christopher Stoese, according to reports from CNN.

How does it work?

You can rotate the globe with your track pad or mouse, to see the way  the continents have spread across the globe at different points in time.

The map allows you to virtually travel back in time with use of pre-set time increments.

One such increment is the rough date the first flowers grew or the time of the first vertebrates.

It gives users the ability to search for a city name in a search bar in order to view it upon the map and track its movements through time.

For example, the English capital of London has found itself belonging to  unrecognisable ancient continents and moving all over the globe before eventually splitting off as part of the island land mass known as England today.

Users can also get guides on which creatures existed on Earth at specific points in history.

For instance,  220 million years ago, in a time period known as the Middle Triassic, the map explains,

“The Earth is recovering from the Permian-Triassic extinction. Small dinosaurs begin to appear. Therapsids and archosaurs emerge, along with the first flying vertebrates.”

'Earth may outlast us all'

Webster told CNN, the map "shows that our environment is dynamic and can change.

“The history of Earth is longer than we can conceive, and the current arrangement of plate tectonics and continents is an accident of time. It will be very different in the future, and Earth may outlast us all.

How can I use it?

You can find the map online at Ancient Earth.