Season 40, Episode 15 Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Awakening

First Aired: April 10, 2013

Part 1 of 4. A history of Earth through the lens of Australia, which is almost as old as the planet itself. Hosted by scientist Richard Smith, the odyssey begins in Western Australia, where clues as to when Earth was born and how life first arose exist. Included: one of the earliest forms of life—bacterial slime; the odd creatures that prowled the ancient Australian seabed.

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  • Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)

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