What was the earth like between 65 million years ago and the emergence of humans?

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So what happened in the sixty-four million years or so between the dinosaurs and the rise of humanity?

I think I have a pretty good idea of what the world looked like with dinosaurs (at least in a pop culture sense, dinos still don't have feathers in my mind). I also think I have a pretty good idea of what the world looked like in the age of early humans and cavemen and whatnot (though, again, probably widely influenced by pop culture, I don't claim to have studied any of this).

But what did the world look like fifty million years ago? Thirty-two million years ago? Six million years ago?

I don't even have a pop culture level awareness of that.

I could probably name at least fifteen dinosaurs without looking it up and might even be able to tell you Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous period. I'm also looking forward to geneticists cloning wooly mammoths, sabertooth tigers, and gigantopithecus.

But whatever was running or crawling or swimming around forty-million years BC? Absolutely no idea.

I guess it's just interesting that books, movies, etc. focus on sixty-five million years ago or 10,000-100,000 years ago, and absolutely nothing in between.

Were dinos really that much cooler than everything that came after them until humans took over?