A Short History of the Oceans
In the first of a two-part finale to this season of Naked Oceans Sarah Castor Perry takes a whistle-stop tour of the history of life in our seas, from the earliest forms, right up until the present day, stopping off at some of the big milestones (and creatures!) along the way. She dips her toes into everything from bacteria to ancient marine reptiles, early human fishing to deep sea exploration.
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The story of the oceans begins 3.5 billion years ago with living rocks that made the earth habitable.
3 billion years later, signs of complex life in the oceans begins to emerge
Giant reptiles cruised the oceans in the Mesozoic
Humans enter our story of the history of the oceans
Humans have been exploring the oceans above and beneath the waves for thousands of years, most recently into the dark depths
For the last decade, the Census of Marine Life has been pushing back the boundaries of what we know about ocean biodiversity