Discovery Channel announced today that beginning Sunday, March 16 it will air Prehistoric Predators Week, a stunning, six-part journey into the past to discover how our ancient ancestors ultimately won the battle of planet domination. The theme week kicks-off with Ice World, a two-hour North American premiere that tells the story of how the last ice age physically and culturally shaped humans
Interweaving drama, narrative and cutting-edge science, Ice World (March 16) brings to life a tale of human beings living 20,000 years before the first recorded civilization.
The first hour of Ice World introduces three fictional characters, Aki, Bron and Mara, members of a hunting-gathering tribe. In evolutionary terms, they are modern humans who speak a complex language and who make clothes and shelters strong enough to withstand glacial temperatures. But, the tribe has been slowly wiped out by increasingly extreme weather and lack of food; now, Aki, Bron and Mara are the only survivors and they will not make it on their own. They embark on a journey across Europe in search of other clans willing to take them in and help them get through the coming winter.
The second hour examines how the lifestyle modern humans take for granted is a relatively recent development in our history. The hunter-gatherer way of life that had existed for all of human history was no longer viable in the freezing climates brought on by the ice age around 24,000 years ago. As resources and living space vanished around them, people were forced together, into communities much larger than was natural – a circumstance that laid the foundation for modern civilization.
Other premiere programs featured in Prehistoric Predators Week include: the two-part, two-hour special Before We Ruled the Earth (March 17, 18), which reveals what life was like for prehistoric humans, unearthing clues of an epic struggle for planetary domination that ended only with the coming of the ice age; and Our Earliest Ancestors (March 19), which explores the discovery of a possible human ancestor unlike any ever seen before. The week wraps up with a look at some animal contemporaries of early humans, with Ultimate Guide to the Mastodon (March 20) and Allosaurus: A Walking with Dinosaurs Special (March 21), a one-hour special that re-creates the extraordinary life of a male Allosaurus and reveals how science has managed to discover this 150-million-year old story in the fossil record.
For day & start times, please access our TV Highlights calendar entry for this event.