Once long ago, there was a speck of dust spinning in the vast void of space. The more it danced, the more dust it attracted to its surface. Eventually it grew in size until it was a large spherical object. Now bigger, it attracted more than dust. Meteorites heavy with minerals bombarded it. One particular mineral would have long-lasting consequences.
It was water.
First as puddles, pools and then fully fledged oceans, water sat on the surface crust and filled out across the globe until the quenched orb shimmered in space as a serene turquoise sphere.
One day soon after, the alluring form of an observing being reflected in the pool of chemicals as it hung in the pristine, unpolluted air. The reaction was nearly complete. The being reached out and touched the surface and the heat from the earth began fusing the first amino acid molecule with a protein. The first single-celled organism was born. The being fell back and watched as the new life form ingested energy from the Sun giving it the strength it needed to split its nucleus. The first cell had divided.
Everything was just right. The protective layer around the planet was resilient. The chemical composition of the air was perfectly balanced. Along with the unending cycle of water and an exact distance from the Sun, a delicate balance had been established. Now, each species would be given a chance to play and stumble upon their full potential.
From the single-celled organisms came algae and simple plant life. Oxygen began to fill the planet improving the quality of the air and setting the foundations for advanced life forms. The seeds of certain plants fell deep into the rising ground allowing them to feed off the cooling minerals and ascend to the surface as the tall guardians and benefactors of nature. The first trees were born and began adding oxygen to the atmosphere.
In the oceans, the continuous combination of base elements with existing marine algae gave rise to simple sea creatures. After countless generations and aeons of development certain members of the marine community set foot on land and evolved into dinosaurs and early bird life. In the hunt for sustenance and territory many dinosaurs grew too barbaric and were eventually chosen for extinction.
The aftermath of extinction bruised the Earth. A small number of dinosaurs were given the chance to evolve into bird species and reptiles. In time the planet healed, molecule by molecule, as land walking creatures came from the remnants.
The hovering entity watched from its vantage point high above unable to move on due to the moving tapestry before it. And then something caught its attention. On the plains of a colossal plateau an ape was beginning to stand fully erect, facing the sunlight for the first time. Other apes, petrified and confused, had fled into a nearby forest. The being observed the defying pose of the mammal and knew at once that this life form, like the first tree, was awakening into something more advanced. Amid the race for superiority the next dominant species was rising. The era of humans was coming.
Would they prove more successful than dinosaurs?