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Earth is the densest planet in the Solar System and the largest of the four terrestrial planets.

These were long on armchair speculation and short on substantive supporting evidence.

These changes typically occur so slowly that they are barely detectable over the span of a human life, yet even at this instant, the Earth's surface is moving and changing.

As these changes have occurred, organisms have evolved, and remnants of some have been preserved as fossils.

If, in the year AD 1600, you had asked an educated European how old the planet Earth was and to recount its history he would have said that it was about 6000 years old and that its ancient history was given by the biblical account in Genesis.

If you asked the same question of an educated European in AD 1900 you would have received a quite different answer.

It is possible to tell the number of years ago a particular rock or archeological site had been formed.

Two broad categories of classification methods are relative dating and absolute dating.

The story of this great change in the conception of the history of Earth is not a simple one.