Australia's First 4 Billion YearsHDClosed Captioning
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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.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoAwakening||Hidden in the red hills of Australia are clues to the mysteries of Earth’s birth, how life arose and how it transformed the planet into the world we now live in. Experts unveil the earliest forms of life: an odd assortment of bacterial slime. Life like this would flood the atmosphere with oxygen and spark the biological revolution that conquered the planet. Travel with NOVA and host Dr. Richard Smith to meet the cast in the first scenes of the great drama of life on earth.||53:11||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoLife Explodes||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.||53:11||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMonsters||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.||53:12||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoStrange Creatures||After the asteroid impact 65 million years ago — believed to have wiped out the dinosaurs — Australia was set adrift on a lonely voyage in southern seas. With host Richard Smith at the wheel, NOVA travels this walkabout continent to uncover how it became the strange island it is today. Australia’s many unusual creatures, like the kangaroo and the cassowary, tell a tale of isolation, change and resilience. Australia’s long history has seen mountains rise and fall, seas come and go, and whole kingdoms of life triumph and disappear. In this final episode, NOVA races down the last 65 million years to the present day.||53:11||$2.99||View in iTunes|
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LOVE this show! Can't wait for more episodes!!
What an amazing show! Exciting, informative, and not just focused on Australia's creation. This show displays the current understanding of our planet's creation (including human evolution) in a simplified visual way that most will find very interesting. Best of all, my children love it and want to learn more about the physical sciences after watching the first two episodes. Thank you for everyone involved in making this. It is a real gem!
Great science, cliché dialog, irritating editing
The science is solid, the narrative arc and subjects absolutely fascinating, and the scenery much of the best Oz has to offer.
However, a lot of the dialog is embarrassingly cliche. NOTE TO ALL SCIENCE PROGRAM WRITERS: Cliché 'sound bite' writing does NOT make science more interesting, accessible, understandable, or exciting. They merely insult the viewers intelligence, lower the quality of your narrative, and distract from the sense of wonder you are actually trying to create. -1 star for insulting your audience.
Note as well that flashing picture after picture with no explanation is also insulting to the audience and highly irritating for anyone who actually wants to know what they're looking at, which presumably is 90% of the NOVA audience. - 1 star for crappy flash-flash editing.
Bottom line, quit with the cheap tricks to 'keep your audience engaged' and learn to tell great stories with great cinematography.
- HD Version
- Genre: Nonfiction
- Released: Apr 11, 2013
- © 2013 WGBH Educational Foundation
- CCin English