ADDITIONAL NOTES: a show on hiatus for longer than 12 months - without any news about its future - is assumed to be canceled
DESCRIPTION: (from Animal Planet's web site, March 2009) From the very beginning, Earth and the evolution of its inhabitants have been plagued by continual destruction and chaos. How, out of this cyclical devastation, has human life gotten to where it is today? And could another mass extinction be part of our future? Using cutting edge research, the latest scientific theories and incredible CGI to bring prehistoric animals back to life, Animal Armageddon — an eight-part mini-series — transports viewers to the center of the most horrific disasters ever to rock our planet. From a cosmic gamma ray burst bombarding the atmosphere, triggering the very first mass extinction, to an asteroid the size of Mount Everest slamming into the Yucatan, killing off the dinosaurs, these terrible natural events caused unparalleled devastation. Throughout the 600-million-year history of animal existence, some 99.9 percent of all animal life that has ever lived is now extinct. Animal Armageddon sheds light on the evolution and extinction of these amazing creatures. From giant predatory sea monsters like the straight-shelled nautiloid, to vicious dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurs rex, to giant mammals like the mastodon, Animal Armageddon outlines the impact nature's wrath had on these animals and the life forms that followed. Because no matter how severe the apocalypse, life on planet Earth survives and, ever resilient, begins again.