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Introduction: Monsters: Australia's First 4 Billion Years (02:31)


Richard Smith reviews the history of the world through the end of the Permian time period, highlighting events along the way.

Triassic Period (03:38)

The age of dinosaurs begins. Sydney was built on the aftermath of disaster.

Sandstone (03:29)

Sydney is defined by its Triassic geology. Triassic Australia joins the supercontinent Pangea.

Jurassic Period (02:22)

Smith travels to Mount Morgan, Queensland to see evidence of dinosaurs in Australia.

Australian Plants (02:15)

Giant conifers were abundant, and some trees that exist today are the spitting image of fossils.

Supercontinents (02:05)

Pangea broke apart, leaving Australia attached to Gondwana. A large asteroid hit the center of Australia, leaving a giant crater.

Cretaceous Period (03:09)

Smith visits Broome, Western Australia to see fossilized dinosaur footprints.

Dinosaur Footprints (02:24)

Smith visits Winton, Queensland to view evidence of a dinosaur stampede.

Dinosaur Bones (03:18)

Judy Elliot slowly constructs a dinosaur from found fossils. Smith visits a dig site where dinosaur bones were found.

Bringing Dinosaurs to Life (01:47)

Dinosaur bones are assembled and tissues reconstructed.

Titanosaur (02:46)

Local residents in Eromanga, Queensland find giant bones on their property.

Eromanga (03:51)

Eromanga used to be in the middle of a large sea. Learn about the reptiles that hunted in Eromanga waters.

Opals (03:53)

Learn how opals are harvested from an ancient seabed. Sometimes fossils become opalized.

Cephalopods (02:17)

Smith travels to Osprey Reef on the Coral Sea to observe the Nautilus.

Nautiloids (02:39)

Learn about the ancient ancestor of the Nautilus. The species was massive in size yet still had predators.

Polar Dinosaurs (02:12)

The supercontinent Gondwana was almost non-existent. Smith visits Cape Otway, Victoria to look for evidence of polar dinosaurs.

Platypus (02:56)

The ancestral platypus is one of many small mammals living during the time of dinosaurs.

Cosmic Dust (01:44)

A thin grey band of rock found around the world shows evidence of the aftermath of a cosmic catastrophe.

Credits: Monsters: Australia's First 4 Billion Years (01:37)

Credits: Monsters: Australia's First 4 Billion Years

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Host Richard Smith comes face-to-face with the previously unknown reptilian rulers of prehistoric Australia. NOVA resurrects the giants that stalked the land and discovers that some of them were among the largest ever to have walked the Earth. Others were some of the most dangerous. In the dry desert heart, scientists unearth an ancient inland ocean, full of sea monsters. But reptiles didn’t have the world all to themselves. Mammals like the enigmatic platypus lived alongside them, ready for their day in the sun. And 65 million years ago, that day arrived.

Length: 55 minutes

Item#: BVL58717

Copyright date: ©2013

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