WORLD: Modern Hotels in Historic Buildings

12 Modern Hotels in Historic Buildings Around the World

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AUSTRALIA: First 4 Billion Years

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Awakening
Awakening

Australia is most recognized for its unusual creatures and outback terrain but it is also home to some of the oldest remains of early life known to Earth. Awakening, part one, starts in Western Australia where scientists take a look at how the planet was transformed. NOVA and host Richard Smith take us on a journey through the Land Down Under where we get acquainted with a bacterial slime that inhabited the continent and could be one of the earliest life forms known to the planet.

Life Explodes
Life Explodes

In this episode of Australia’s First 4 Billion Years, host Richard Smith uncovers how creatures traveled from the ocean floor to dry land. Ancient fossils unveil how these prehistoric animals took over a once lifeless land and brought it alive. Armor-plated fish and invading arthropods were just a few of the unusual ocean dwellers that journeyed to the shorelines in order to help change the face of the Earth. But not all creatures can live peacefully together.

Monsters
Monsters

Over 250 million years ago, Australia was a host for some of the largest and most perilous creatures to roam the planet. In episode three, Monsters, Richard Smith brings viewers up-close and personal with some of these prehistoric creatures in order to reveal why they were considered the monsters of their time. Kronosaurus was an aquatic creature that received its name from the greek god Kronos and had a skull twice as long as the Tyrannosaurus Rex, making it a top predator. Scientists also reveal that these ancient reptiles were in fact not alone; mammals such as the duckbilled platypus shared the land as well.

Strange Creatures
Strange Creatures

In the final episode of this series, NOVA and host Richard Smith uncover the true ancestors of Australia. Smith reveals the last 65 million years that formed the Land Down Under into the lone but wildlife filled continent it is today. Before humans and the formation of the Great Barrier Reef, strange creatures such as giant kangaroos, massive koalas and oversized wombats once roamed the land. With their dominant size, these large marsupials truly exemplify the origin of Australia.

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SCIENCE: Dinosaur Museums

10 dinosaur museums that’ll curdle your DNA

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