THE PRECAMBRIAN ERA, or Supereon, refers to the geological time comprising the eons that came before the Phanerozoic eon. This time spans from the formation of Earth around 4.5 billion years ago to the evolution of abundant macroscopic hard-shelled animals, which marked the beginning of the Cambrian era, the first period of the first era of the Phanerozoic eon. The Precambrian era encompasses 86 percent of the Earth's history, however very little is known about this time period. In fact, the few fossil discoveries from this period were recently made in the late 20th century. Precambrian time can be further divided into three large eons, the Hadean, Archean, and Proterozoic eons.

The Precambrian's oldest eon, the Hadean (4.5 to 3.9 billion years ago), predates most of ...

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