I Have a Question About ‘Caprica’

The Battlestar Galactica prequel, Caprica, is available on DVD and for download today. I’m definitely going to give it a shot. But something doesn’t make sense to me. This show revolves around Admiral Adama’s dad, so it’s not separated from BSG by a whole hell of a lot of time. Am I supposed to believe that within the space of 58 years, the Cylons are invented, escape to Earth 1, build an entire civilization from scratch, invent more Cylons, nuke Earth 1, and then come back to nuke the 12 colonies?

Or am I missing something?