Europe: A Natural History

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A striking four-part series they record the intense events, which have created the ever-changing environments and wildlife of Europe.

Genesis – An epic three billion year tale originates, with the unscrambling of clues as to how Europe’s magnificent sceneries and wildlife were crafted.

Witness Oxford traveled by dinosaurs, the Jura vineyards of France engulfed under tropical seas, St Petersburg hidden under desert sands and the vastest event of all, the beginning of the Mediterranean.

Ice Ages – Over the past two million years Europe has been brushed by waves of excessive climatic change. 2 kilometers dense ice masses sliced their way amidst the landmass, reaching as far south as London, Amsterdam and Berlin. Mammoths roved the North Sea, and even lions and hippos wandered Trafalgar Square. After that, just in advance the last great Ice Age let go of its grip, our descendants set foot on the mainland.

Taming the Wild – In the last 10,000 years Europe has remained altered from a mainly forested, virgin countryside in to the shaped continent we see nowadays, and at an ever-accelerating degree. As civilization spread its impact across the terrain with colossal symbols of possession, animals were controlled, seeds were propagated, forests devastated and minerals quarried. How did wildlife manage with these extreme changes, and what influence did they have on us?

A New Millennium – Nowadays, some 730 million people reside in Europe. How is wildlife acclimatizing to these brave new worlds, which are the victors and failures, and what labors are we doing to help? And in the end, given the difficulties with unwanted and aggressive species on the landmass through global trade, and a progressively changeable climate, the forthcoming could bring all sorts of astonishments.

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