I’ve been busy working away on Synergy, and needed to verify some of my timelines for the tale, which relates to the Mayan Long Count Calendar.
I made a cool discovery.
Table of Long Count units
|Days||Long Count period||Long Count unit||Approximate solar years|
|20||20 Kin||1 Uinal|
|360||18 Uinal||1 Tun||~ 1|
|7,200||20 Tun||1 Ka’tun||19.7|
|144,000||20 Ka’tun||1 Bak’tun||394.3|
|2,880,000||20 Bak’tun||1 Pictun||7,885|
|57,600,000||20 Pictun||1 Kalabtun||157,808|
|1,152,000,000||20 Kalabtun||1 K’inchiltun||3,156,164|
|23,040,000,000||20 K’inchiltun||1 Alautun||63,123,288|
Now, it is the last three entries I noticed the importance of…with a little bit of flexibility for the actual timing of events, but still within margins of error. And, working backward from this year as the end of all of the cycles together-which would happen at some point, since they are multiples of each other in the same way that in the year 2000 we reached the end of a decade, century, and millenium together. So imagine that 2012 heralds the end of not only a Bak’tun, but also a Pictun, Kalabtun, K’inchiltun, and Alautun. Counting back from 2012, we find:
Approximately 150,000 years ago – one Kalabtun – Mitochondrial Eve was theorized to walk the Earth and had a significant influence on what Humanity is today. This is the theory which led me to develop Regression, and is exactly why I started looking into the other dates on the Mayan Long Count, when I noticed the time frame!
3.1 million years ago – one K’inchiltun - Australopithecus africanus developed the major hallmarks of humanity…larger brain casing, a more rounded skull with softer facial features, and female morphological changes to accomodate bipedal pregnancy, so predominantly upright carriage.
Then, we go back even further into human history, as around 63 million years ago – one Alautun- the first primates evolved.
So, if we take 2012 as the end of the complete and extended long count Mayan Calendar and count backwards, the calendar starts with the first truly bipedal humanoid (although perhaps even some homo species were around at that time but have yet to be discovered, as current theory states homo evolved closer to 2.5 MYA), and each major period coincides with a major development in the evolution of the modern human.
I think that’s really cool. I just might have to fit that into Synergy, although I was not planning on taking the long count back quite that far and the story was fantasy, not science fiction! Just have to see where it heads.