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The world after Dinos

Monday 10th October 2011 from 14h15 to 15h45
Salle 2 / Grand Amphithéâtre

Directed by
Olivier Julien
Written by
Olivier Julien
Produced by
NHK, MFP, France Télévisions / Diff : France 5

Documentary, France, 2010, 52 min

The first mammals appeared on Earth about 220 million years ago at almost the same time as the first dinosaurs. For more than a half of their history mammals lived with dinosaurs. Dinosaurs quickly became larger and stronger and got the ruling position in the land ecosystem. Their dominance continued for more than 150 million years.

During this Age of Dinosaurs mammals remained small mouse-like creatures. But while the survival and evolution of small mammals seem compromised by the dominance of dinosaurs, the meteorite came from the outer solar system reaches the end of his journey ... and its arrival will change everything.

It's a global catastrophe that gave them their chance. By destroying the dinosaurs ... it saved mammals.


Debate with :

  • Christian De Muizon, head of Earth History Department - Muséum nationale d'Histoire naturelle in Paris