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Miracle Planet

Miracle Planet is a six-part documentary series, co-produced by Japan's NHK and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), narrated by Christopher Plummer, which tells the 4.6-billion-year-old story of how life has evolved from its humble beginnings to the diversity of living creatures today. Filmed around the world and based upon the most recent scientific findings, Miracle Planet combines location footage and interviews with leading scientists, along with computer animation, to depict the cataclysmic events that have shaped our planet and all of the life-forms within it. (from wikipeida.org)

Episode 1 - The Violent Past
This episode chronicles the early stages of the Earth's history, from formation to the mid-Precambrian. It discusses the beginning of life on earth, mentioning panspermia as a possible candidate.

Episode 2 - Snowball Earth
This episode mainly focuses on the two Snowball Earth events in the mid-Precambrian period, and the effect they had on life. It simulates a similar occurrence in the modern day.

Episode 3 - The Evolution of Our World: New Frontiers
This episode follows our ancestors from the shallow saltwater seas to the freshwater rivers, then discusses the colonization of land. Mainly Devonian and Carboniferous.

Episode 4 - Extinction and Rebirth
This episode centres on the Permian to Tertiary periods, showing numerous extinctions, including the Siberian Traps event 200 mya and the Chicxulube asteroid impact. It also shows the rise of new forms of life after each event.

Episode 5 - Survival of the Fittest
This episode chronicles primates that would evolve to become humans and why the Cro-Magnons succeeded over Neanderthals.

Episode 6 - Life Indestructible
Earth provides a rich environment, and many factors continue to shape the planet's condition.


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