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First Footprints

First Footprints

First Footprints

The Great Drought: Last Glacial Maximum 30,000 - 15,000 BP For thousands of years people live with Australia's strange and ferocious megafauna like the 6 metre giant lizard Megalania and the marsupial lion. These beasts all become extinct as massive climate change hits Australia brought on by the Last Ice Age. Sea levels drop 130m and deserts spread from 60% to 90% of the continent in the biggest drought ever experienced by humans. As conditions worsen, rather than moving, people adapt to the new environments. In many parts they become desert people with new technologies like the grindstone. Over 10,000 years of punishing drought people developed a culture and a Law that enabled them to survive in places we can't live in today.

First Footprints - Ep 1 - Super Nomads: 50,000 To 30,000 Years Ago

Super Nomads: Arrival and Dispersal 50,000 - 30,000 BP 70,000 years ago modern people are confined to Africa. But one tenacious bunch races across Asia and makes the first open-ocean crossing in human history . They encounter Sahul or Greater Australia - a virgin continent full of weird and deadly megafauna, deserts and glaciers. Trade networks soon criss-cross the continent and innovations in art and technology spread rapidly. They engrave the first image of a human face, they make the first maps. Against the odds the first Australians occupy every available niche for our species and thrive. This is the time when creation stories and song lines of Aboriginal cosmology come into being. First Australians today call this The Dreaming. It's the longest period of social and religious continuity anywhere in the world.

First Footprints - Ep 2 - The Great Drought; 30,000 To 15,000 Years Ago

The Great Drought: Last Glacial Maximum 30,000 - 15,000 BP For thousands of years people live with Australia's strange and ferocious megafauna like the 6 metre giant lizard Megalania and the marsupial lion. These beasts all become extinct as massive climate change hits Australia brought on by the Last Ice Age. Sea levels drop 130m and deserts spread from 60% to 90% of the continent in the biggest drought ever experienced by humans. As conditions worsen, rather than moving, people adapt to the new environments. In many parts they become desert people with new technologies like the grindstone. Over 10,000 years of punishing drought people developed a culture and a Law that enabled them to survive in places we can't live in today.

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