The Mammal Hothouse

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Episode 3 of 3

Duration: 1 hour

Professor Richard Fortey investigates the remains of ancient volcanic lake in Germany where stunningly well-preserved fossils of early mammals, giant insects and even perhaps our oldest known ancestor have been found.

Among the amazing finds are bats as advanced and sophisticated as anything living today, more than 50-million-years-later; dog-sized 'Dawn' horses, the ancestor of the modern horse; and giant ants as large as a hummingbird.


Richard Fortey
Series Producer
Shaun Trevisick
Executive Producer
Bill Locke
Executive Producer
Peter Lovering
Sebastian Duthy


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