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NOVA Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Awakening

Hidden in the red hills of Australia are clues to the mysteries of Earth’s birth. Wednesday at 9 p.m. on PBS 6.

Travel with Richard Smith to meet the cast in the first scenes of the great drama of life on earth.

nova_australia_billion_hunter_spot Australia's fierce southern hunter on the prowl. (PHOTO: PBS)

Hidden in the red hills of Australia are clues to the mysteries of Earth’s birth, how life arose and how it transformed the planet into the world we now live in. Experts unveil the earliest forms of life: an odd assortment of bacterial slime. Life like this would flood the atmosphere with oxygen and spark the biological revolution that conquered the planet. Travel with NOVA and host Dr. Richard Smith to meet the cast in the first scenes of the great drama of life on earth.

NOVA Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Awakening, Wednesday at 9 p.m. on PBS 6.

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