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Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Life Explodes

NOVA looks at how life stormed the beaches and came to dominate planet Earth. Wednesday at 9 p.m. on PBS 6.

nova_billion_anomolocaris_spot Anomolocaris on the hunt (Anomolocaris Briggsi). (PHOTO: PBS)
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.

Nova: Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Life Explodes, Wednesday at 9 p.m. on PBS 6.

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