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Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Strange Creatures
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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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In the wake of the catastrophic asteroid impact believed to have wiped out the dinosaurs, Australia was set adrift on a lonely voyage across southern seas. With host Richard Smith, NOVA travels the walkabout continent to uncover how it became the strange land it is today. In this final episode, "Strange Creatures," NOVA traces the last 65 million years, revealing the events that shaped the Australia we know today. Prehistoric jungles retreated, replaced by eucalyptus forests, grasslands, and deserts. When humans first arrived, giant marsupials dominated the land and the Great Barrier Reef was yet to form. This is a tale of calamity and conquest; how a conspiracy of climate, biology, and geology shaped the Earth we now call home.

An Essential Media and Entertainment Film Production for NOVA/WGBH in association with 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. All rights reserved.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Strange Creatures,” 02/22/2013, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 25, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_810C2FA2DE0C4468A8F752149C0C3E2B.
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