BBC Earth 50 Top Natural History Moments
You’ve probably seen some of the Natural History program in the past (or will, if you live in the UK). I’m sure you even caught the last series, featuring dinosaur movies. But have you caught the special Christmas episode featuring the well-known paleontologist and science writer Marylia Broderick? It’s a terrific show that’s designed to educate and entertain. I’m going to give you some top BBC Earth 50 Top Natural History Moments.
Dinosaurs used to rule the day, and they’re still around. From the T-Rex to Sauropodomorphs, these prehistoric creatures played a vital role in our ecosystem. We use their bones to recreate the ecosystem they lived in today, and use their DNA to create new species. That’s why it’s so important to hear about the discovery of a new dinosaur species.
The T-Rex wasn’t the biggest dinosaur, or the strongest, but it was the most spectacular. Built for speed, the T-Rex sprinted across the plains of Mexico with its tail between its legs. It was also covered in thick fur – probably to protect itself from the cool, unforgiving desert climate. It’s remains are now at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
Who knows what became of Pterodactyl? He may have swatted his tail on rock and died of a heart attack. The same can be said for the lion, Ankylosios. After pouncing on an ostrich, the lioness bit its leg off and it died of blood loss. This is only one example of animals who experienced natural changes in their surroundings. These animals can tell you all about it, through BBC Earth.
People can also watch the Ice Age. When the ice started covering the world, it didn’t take scientists long to figure out what was happening. The massive iceberg that formed for about ten million years created massive ripples in the water. You can find the fossilized record of these gigantic waves using BBC Earth. It’s a fascinating lesson in natural history.
What do insect ferns have in common with sharks? If you thought there was no animal that could grow wings, you’d be wrong. You can find the first flightless birds on the planet using BBC Earth. They are called Archaeopteryx. If you like fantasy, you may imagine that these winged creatures roamed the earth before dinosaurs roamed the earth because of the amazing tale of their early evolution.
We can see a picture of the moon when BBC Earth shows us the Moon, or the faraway moons of Saturn and Jupiter
There have been several missions to bring back precious rocks from these heavenly bodies. One such mission is the Grand Finale Moon Study. It’s another one of those moon missions that’s a little out of the ordinary – it involves scientists and engineers taking a class in engineering and construction! It also involves students taking part in a lunar rock gathering.
In this show, we learn about the fossils of ancient Australia. We learn about how scientists are finding evidence of animals on extinct islands. We even find out how they played a role in the evolution of mankind. There are a lot more facts that you might not have learned on BBC Earth, and that’s what makes it an interesting program – it shows the unexpected!
For a moment, I feel as if the program is missing a few of the episodes that involve underground river systems and civilizations. The Nile for example, is not mentioned. Perhaps it’s just a lack of resources or a general oversight on the part of the director or producer. Regardless, this is an important episode in that it talks about the large impact that man has had on our planet.
You also get to learn about some of the more prehistoric periods that occurred in Australia
This includes the stone age, which is the pre-human era. Looking back through the ages, you see the effect all of these events had on our society, and how that impacted our world today.
Overall, this is a great series and one that anyone should be able to enjoy. Some people might not like the dinosaur theme, but it’s important that people understand that they were also in existence before us. We need to remember that they were a major part of our natural history, and that they played a significant role in the development of modern society. This is just a taste of the type of stories that will be told throughout the season. As the BBC Earth50 series continues, you can expect to see even more amazing stories come to light.