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.
First Footprints - Ep 3 - The Great Flood: 18,000 To 5,000 Years Ago
The Great Flood: Global Warming floods the continent 18,000 - 5,000 BP 15,000 years ago, melting polar icecaps send 25% of Greater Australia under water. New Guinea and Tasmania are permanently severed. The isolation of Tasmania has profound consequences on diet, language and technology. As regular monsoons come to the north, cultural explosions in art and technology take off. In the Kimberley and Arnhem Land astounding art gives us a detailed insight into life 12,000 years ago. Boomerangs and spear-throwers are invented. As rising seas flood coastal plains, conflict and pitched battles appear in the art. Sydney harbour is formed creating a rich environment where permanent occupation develops.