The PBS Nova series “Áustralia,” which began with “Australia: First 4 Billion Years” continues on Wednesday July 23, 2014, with “Life Explodes.” This episode explores how the fossil record shows the emergence of life from the sea to dry land. Of all the continents on earth, none has preserved the story of life’s emergence on earth as Australia has. All across the continent one can find fossils that show its history; there is a story of survival in every rock, hill and mountain.
Not all of “Australia” is set to cover prehistoric sea creatures and the Paleozoic era. Future episodes in the series are slated to focus on the world of large reptiles and the trajectory of evolution after massive extinction. Read on for more about the series’ launch, and consider some of these ideas as possible topics for research papers in geology or paleontology. Read more