Since the emergence of life on our planet more than 3 billion years ago, it has faced a series of devastating catastrophes. Yet somehow, a few special species managed to make it through. How? Professor Richard Fortey travels across the globe to investigate the survivors of history's three biggest mass extinctions and find out what it takes to become a long term survivor.
In the final episode, Richard looks at the Ice Age. 2.8 million years ago the world began to cool. Within a few thousand years much of the planet was shrouded in a dense cloak of ice that would come and go until only 10,000 years ago.
Tonight, a lethal tree scorpion threatens a green ant colony. But will one prevail over many? And with the fastest jaws in the business, a tussle between the trap jaw ant and the bizarre, burrowing ant lion should be no contest at all. But is it? Meanwhile, a neighbourhood dispute between the brown house spider and one of the bug world's deadliest, the redback spider turns ugly.
Get a ringside seat for some of nature's deadliest encounters. When a cunning tent spider comes to blows with a vicious destructive katydid, it's a battle between sticky silk and snapping jaws. Who will be victorious when a huge giant banded huntsman takes on the lean and mean jungle huntsman?
A Leaf Cutter Ant faces a House Spider, a Costa Rican Cellar Spider fights a Geophilid Centipede, a Tiger Jumping Spider fights a Rainforest Jumping Spider, and a Katydid meets an Orange-mouth Tarantula. Then Dinosaur Ants battle a bunch of Trap Jaw Ants.