Finally memorized the geologic periods

I like science. And then realized I was all mixed up on the order of the geologic periods. Like if you told me a name, I’d be certain whether it was one or not, but I’d struggle to place it in order. I decided to fix this. My attempt at a mnemonic device failed (I’d get stuck on the next word or what it meant), so I decided to try a different technique - setting the eras to a song.

Link to the recording (please bear my singing voice, as well as the fact I had to do multiple takes and stitching several parts together): https://vocaroo.com/i/s090xIKJ89v9

Lyrics below.

The geologic eras show a record of our history
From the present era to the edges of prehistory.
Learning them in order does not have to be a mystery.
Let’s go from the start.

Chorus:

Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian,
Carboniferous, the Permian, Triassic and Jurassic,
The Cretaceous and the Paleogene, the Neogene, Quaternary.
Let’s learn about them all.

We don’t know how life started out - discussion is irregular.
Before we had the Cambrian, most life was unicellar.
The Ordovician had a bunch of small marine invertebrates
And then they got wiped out.

We had the brief Silurian - yes, it’s among the shortest ones,
And fish ruled the Devonian and sharks were the important ones.
The Carboniferous period was mostly filled with rainforests
But not for very long.

The Carboniferous ended as the rainforests were uninvited.
All of them were dying as the continents became united.
Deserts took over the land - the Permian was hot and dry
And life had to adapt.

The geologic eras show a record of our history
From the present era to the edges of prehistory.
Learning them in order does not have to be a mystery.
Let’s go from the start.

Chrous

When Pangaea became mature, life wailed in sudden agony.
90% of species died - a sudden big catastrophe.
An era of life ended. We almost had to begin again.
The Mesozoic came.

Two-fifty million years ago, the Earth entered Triassic times
But tetrapods would suffer as the Earth entered Jurassic times
And then the long Cretaceous where the dinosaurs ruled all the land,
And then you know the rest.

The mammals now could rule again as we entered the Paleogene
The climate cooled as we enter the short and recent Neogene
And then in the Quaternary, the long ice ages came along
With humans to ruin it all.

Chorus, ending with “And now you know them all.”

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Nice :slight_smile:

I haven’t used a song as a mnemonic, yet, but I might give it a try sometime :smiley:

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Catchy tune. Nicely done, Icosencephalic.

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I think I will learn it myself.

Thanks. I definitely apologize for my singing - perhaps you could record it better. Or memorize it and then sing it, heh.

The singing was fine. At the very least, it was much better than I could do.

Thanks, I guess.

:smiley: I am in my kitchen now starting to learn it. It is quite fun. And I am greatly enjoying your singing.

Thanks. I hope it helps.

I always thought making songs to memorise huge lists and orders is not efficient but you proved me wrong.

Well done bro. :+1::+1:

From now I will also try to make my own songs. :wink::wink:

Thanks. I encourage you to write your own songs. I find it helps me.

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