Life on Earth has been through five major crises that have each caused the death of at least three quarters of living species! The first event took place 440 million years ago, at a time when biodiversity was exclusively aquatic; the most recent occurred 65 million years ago and sounded the death knell for the dinosaurs. When this kind of crisis occurs, scientists call it a “mass extinction event”. However, none of these mass extinction events, as fatal as they were, succeeded in entirely eradicating life.
This documentary in 4K will capture these various worlds and the diverse realities that have existed through time, to reveal how extinctions have led these worlds to disappear and make room for others to appear. It will tell a great epic story: how life managed to win despite everything. Thanks to exceptional 3D animations, we will virtually revisit the biodiversity of ancient times to explain how it managed to survive these mass extinction events. Spectacular CGI featuring VFX will recreate the creatures that lived at that time to bring the ancient world back to life.
Direction: Alexis de Favitski
Written by: Jonas Rosales & Jean-Christophe Ribot
Production: ZED & CuriosityStream for France 5
Delivery: November 2019
Available versions: French, English