NOVA

Rise of the Mammals

Amazing fossils reveal how mammals took over after an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs.

About the Show

Sixty-six million years ago, an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs in a fiery global catastrophe. But we know little about how their successors, the mammals, recovered and took over the world. Now, hidden inside ordinary-looking rocks, an astonishing trove of fossils reveals a dramatic new picture of how rat-sized creatures ballooned in size and began to evolve into the vast array of species.

Curriculum

How Climate, Plant & Animal Interactions Drive Evolution

For Grades 9-12