I am looking for a comprehensive dataset of natural history dates, for a deep interactive timeline.

I'm interested in the dates of fossils, geological eras, estimated times for the apparition of different taxonomies, such as life itself, multicelular organisms and so on.

I imagine I will have to combine several sources, but in any case I am not interested in detailed descriptions, only dates.

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    From Wikidata: w.wiki/YcR Commented Aug 3, 2020 at 12:06
  • Thank you, I've worked with Wikidata but it's still too far away to be actually usable in a visualization (incomplete, mixed fiction with reality, no hierarchy)
    – alotropico
    Commented Aug 4, 2020 at 7:02

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World Digital Library

Provides data of 19,147 items about 193 countries between 8000 BCE and 2000.

Timelines Revisited

A Design Space and Considerations for Expressive Storytelling

Additional Sources:

I'm not sure if this helps but it might be worth taking a look at.

There is a paper for extracting the historical events data from Wikipedia. Extraction of Historical Events from Wikipedia

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