Airdate: David Attenborough’s First Life

David Attenborough visits the Great Barrier Reef and the Ediacra Hills in South Australia.

A new Attenborough series comes to ABC1.

This will see him looking at the origins of animal life, including visits to the Great Barrier Reef and the Ediacra Hills in South Australia.

In 50 years of broadcasting, Sir David Attenborough has travelled the globe to document the living world in all its wonder. Now, in the landmark series First Life, he completes his journey by going back in time to the very roots of the tree of life, in search of the very first animals.

From the fog bound coastline of Newfoundland to the deserts of North Africa and the rainforests of Queensland, Attenborough finds evidence in fossils and living animals of an extraordinary period in Earth’s history, half a billion years ago, when animals first appeared in the oceans from the first animals that moved, to the first predators that killed and the first legs that walked on land.

This is a story that can only be told now, because in the last 20 years, stunning fossil finds at sites across the world have transformed our understanding of the first life forms. The latest technology allows us, in photorealistic computer generated imagery, to discover the creatures that evolved the traits and tools that helped all animals, including us, to survive to this day.

It begins 7:30pm on Sunday February 27th.

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