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NOVA: Rise of the Mammals

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Catalogue Number:  041937
Producer:  PBS Video
Subject:  Anthropology, Archaeology, Documentary, History, Science, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  United States
Copyright Year:  2020
Running Time:  60:00


DVD Price:  $79.99

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The course of life on Earth changed radically on a single day 66 million years ago. An asteroid blasted our planet, causing the extinction of three quarters of all animal species. The impact ended the Age of Dinosaurs and launched our age, the Age of Mammals. But our understanding of the asteroid's aftermath has been spotty. Who survived? How quickly did mammals and their habitats spring back? How did our planet recover from this global cataclysm?

Now a remarkable find --a trove of exceptionally preserved fossils from the critical first million years after the catastrophe --shines a revelatory light on what followed Earth's darkest hour. With exclusive access, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios filmed the discovery since the first thrilling moments of the initial find in 2016.

Providing a rare record that combines plants, animals, and precise dates--a paleontological trifecta--the discovery paints a vivid portrait of the emergence of a brand-new world. Thanks to the vision, grit, and luck of the scientific team, we are gaining our first clear understanding of how our modern world of mammals arose from the ashes.


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