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First Footprints
Over 50,000 years ago, the first oceanic mariners crossed the seas and discovered Australia. Despite its harsh environment they thrived, developing a culture marked by endurance and innovation. Australia’s Aboriginal people etched the earliest depiction of the human face, engraved the world’s first maps and conducted the earliest burials with grave goods. The four-part series First Footprints recounts this remarkable history, from the first steps on Australia's shores to the arrival of Europeans in 1788. Through the world’s oldest oral stories, new archaeological discoveries, cinematic CGI and never-before-seen archival film, Australia’s ancient past is brought to life.
Episodes
Ep 1
Super Nomads
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Ep 2
The Green Drought
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Ep 3
The Great Flood
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Ep 4
The Biggest Estate
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Super Nomads
Over 50,000 years ago, people made the first open sea voyage in human history to discover Australia - a continent full of deadly megafauna and strange plants that had been evolving in isolation for 65 million years. (1 of 4)
The Green Drought
When the last ice age hit Australia 30,000 years ago, sea levels dropped 130 metres below today's level and deserts devoured 90% of the continent. The greatest drought in human history lasted 10,000 years, yet people adapted to the new environments in innovative ways. (2 of 4)
The Great Flood
Starting 18,000 years ago, melting polar ice caps began drowning 25% of Greater Australia, and New Guinea and Tasmania became islands. This was a time of war, ingenious inventions, spectacular art and new nations. (3 of 4)
The Biggest Estate
When much of the world embraced agriculture, the first Australians rejected it. They chose ingenious land management systems like fire-stick farming to transform the harshest habitable continent into a land of bounty. (4 of 4)