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Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Life Explodes

07/24/2014 at 3:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Ancient Australian fossils offer clues to how life stormed the beaches and dominated planet Earth.

Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Life Explodes

07/24/2014 at 11:00 pm on WTTW Create/World

Of all the continents on Earth, none preserves a more spectacular story of its origins than Australia. NOVA's mini-series takes viewers on a rollicking adventure from the birth of the Earth to the emergence of the world we know today. With help from high-energy host and scientist Richard Smith, we meet titanic dinosaurs and giant kangaroos, sea monsters and prehistoric crustaceans, disappearing mountains and deadly asteroids. This is the untold story of the Land Down Under, the one island continent that has got it all. How did life storm the beaches and dominate planet Earth? Ancient Australian fossils offer clues. While the oceans were teeming, the world above the waves remained an almost lifeless wasteland - until the Silurian period, when the conquest of the land began. Host Richard Smith introduces Earth's forgotten pioneers: the scuttling arthropod armies that invaded the shores and the waves of green revolutionaries whose battle for the light pushed plant life across the face of a barren continent. Join NOVA's prehistoric adventure as four-legged animals walk onto dry land, with the planet poised for disaster.

Ghosts of Murdered Kings

07/26/2014 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

Archaeologists in Ireland's County Tipperary investigate the violent deaths of bog body victims.

Mystery of a Masterpiece

07/28/2014 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Cutting edge imaging analysis helps tie a striking portrait of a young woman to Leonardo da Vinci.

Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Monsters

07/30/2014 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Experts explore mammals and the previously unknown reptilian rulers of prehistoric Australia.

Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Monsters

07/31/2014 at 11:00 pm on WTTW Create/World

Of all the continents on Earth, none preserves a more spectacular story of its origins than Australia. NOVA's mini-series takes viewers on a rollicking adventure from the birth of the Earth to the emergence of the world we know today. With help from high-energy host and scientist Richard Smith, we meet titanic dinosaurs and giant kangaroos, sea monsters and prehistoric crustaceans, disappearing mountains and deadly asteroids. This is the untold story of the Land Down Under, the one island continent that has got it all. Host Richard Smith comes face-to-face with the previously unknown reptilian rulers of prehistoric Australia. NOVA resurrects the giants that stalked the land and discovers that some of them were among the largest ever to have walked the Earth. Others were some of the most dangerous. In the dry desert heart, scientists unearth an ancient inland ocean, full of sea monsters. But reptiles didn't have the world all to themselves. Mammals like the enigmatic platypus lived alongside them, ready for their day in the sun. And 65 million years ago, that day arrived.

Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Awakening

08/04/2014 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Experts explore bacterial slime, the earliest forms of life, in the red hills of Australia.

Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Strange Creatures

08/06/2014 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

The story of Australia's origins features deadly asteroids, titanic dinosaurs and giant kangaroos.

Why Sharks Attack

08/27/2014 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Leading shark experts research the science behind the great white's hunting instincts.

Finding Life Beyond Earth - Part 1 & 2

09/01/2014 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

The sights and sounds of alien worlds are explored using powerful telescope images and dazzling CGI.

Ghosts of Machu Picchu

09/07/2014 at 4:00 pm on WTTW HD

Archeologists probe the ruins of this 'Lost City of the Incas' and unearth sacred burial grounds.

Finding Life Beyond Earth - Moons and Beyond

09/08/2014 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Telescope images and dazzling CGI immerse audiences in the sights and sounds of alien worlds.

Vaccines - Calling The Shots

09/10/2014 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Across the world, children are dying from preventable conditions because parents are avoiding shots.

Defeating The Hackers

09/24/2014 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

The fast-paced world of cryptography and the scientists battling to keep data safe are explored.

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