Prehistoric Disasters

DISCOVERY CHANNEL – Mondays from 8 February, 8.30pm

Since the Earth’s creation 4.5 billion years ago, the planet has been struck by a series of catastrophes, each one pushing life to the edge of extinction. However, disaster breeds new life and while the dominant species on the planet were wiped out, hardier creatures survived and thrived, moving into the vacuum left by extinction. These creatures in turn took over the planet until they themselves fell victim to yet another mass extinction. The Earth’s history is rife with prehistoric disasters that have molded the planet and changed the course of evolution. With each disaster came another leap forward on the evolutionary trail from single celled bacteria to humankind itself. Without this series of events, neither mankind nor any of the life we see around us would be here today.