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NOVA; Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Life Explodes


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Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Life Explodes
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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How did life storm the beaches and dominate planet Earth? Ancient Australian fossils offer clues in "Life Explodes." Half a billion years ago, Australia was still part of the super-continent Gondwana. While the oceans were teeming with weird and wonderful animals, 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. Evolution continued underwater as well, with armor-plated fish experimenting with teeth, jaws, sex, and lungs. Join NOVA’s prehistoric adventure as four-legged animals walk onto dry land, with the planet poised for disaster.

An Essential Media and Entertainment Film Production for NOVA/WGBH in association with Eden. Developed and produced in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Co-financed by Screen Queensland, Principal Investor Screen Australia.

© 2013 Essential Media and Entertainment and WGBH Educational Foundation.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Life Explodes,” 02/25/2013, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 27, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0F4682BC8FF7460D80FC12CA4E823636.
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