Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Future is Wild - Episode Six Waterland


Today on Far Future Horizons we present the sixth episode of the highly acclaimed documentary series “The Future is Wild”. Today’s installment is entitled “Waterland” and presents us with an interesting array of creatures.


The episode is set in the Bay of Bengal, 100,000,000 years into the future. The episode focuses on three species: (1) Toraton, a descendant of the giant tortoise and the largest creature ever to walk the Earth. They can weigh up to 120 tonnes; (2) Swampus, a descendant of the octopus which has formed a symbiotic relationship with a plant to house its young. They are very intelligent; (3) Lurkfish, a descendant of the electric catfish that can fire up to 1000 volts to stun prey. They are ambush predators. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Future is Wild - Episode Five Cold Kansas Desert

Today on Far Future Horizons we present the fifth episode of  “The Future is Wild”. The title of today’s installment is - “Cold Kansas Desert” and takes us into the North America heartland, some Five Million years into the future.

The episode focuses on three species: (1) Deathgleaner, a massive carnivorous vampire bat that spends the day hunting for prey in the desert and spends the night in a communal roost; (2) Spink, a descendant of the quail whose wings have become digging paddles. The species lives much like the naked mole rat of our time; (3) Desert Rattleback, a descendant of the agouti, when lives in the cold regions. The episode explains that the onset of the ice age caused the agricultural belt of the USA to turn into a desert where temperatures at night regularly reach freezing. 

The episode shows how the animals have evolved to cope with the harsh features of this forbidding landscape.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Future Is Wild –Episode Four Prairies of Amazonia

The Carakiller

Today on Far Future  Horizons we are going to take a voyage five million years into the future and visit South America where the Amazon forest once existed.

This episode features three species: (1) Carakiller, a descendant of the caracara which has evolved to replace land predators; (2) Babookari, a descendant of the uakari which lives like baboons and has discovered how to catch fish; (3) Rattleback, a descendant of the agouti which has developed tough armour and can live through quickly-passing grass fires.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Future Is Wild –Episode Three The Vanished Sea

The Scrofa and Gryken

Today on Far Future Horizons we are going to take a voyage five million years into the future and tour the once sunny waters of the Mediterranean.

The Cryptile

The episode is set in what was the Mediterranean Sea in 5,000,000 years time. It features four species: (1) Cryptile, a lizard with a sticky frill to catch flies which it can then lick off at its leisure; (2) Scrofa, a descendant of the wild boar which has developed spindly legs to allow it to live on the rocky islands in the desert; (3) Gryken, a descendant of the pine marten which hunts Scrofa in the cracked rocks of the landscape; (4) brine flies.

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Future Is Wild –Episode Two: Return of the Ice

The Gannetwhale

Today on Far Future Horizons we are going to take a voyage five million years into the future with our world once again finding itself griped in an Ice Age. Just as in the past, life has managed adapt to these bleak conditions and has taken on new fantastical forms to deal with the unforgiving conditions of an ice covered world.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Future Is Wild –Episode One "Welcome to the Future"

Today on Far Future Horizons we are going to take a voyage into the far future and embark on a zoological odyssey and visit an alien world – our own planet Earth where the Future Is Wild and Darwinian evolution has continued its grand handiwork to sculpt and mold life on Earth into even more fantastical varieties.

Imagine our world some five million, one hundred million and two hundred million years in the future. A world where humans have become extinct and life on Earth can continue to evolve and flourish without interference or the treat of encroachment into its nature habitats from human civilization. A world were Darwinian evolution can continue unabated as it once did before the dawn of humanity. What would that life look like and what kinds of fantastic creatures will be roaming the Earth, flying in its skies and swimming in its seas.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Ice Age Columbus

Today on Far Future Horizons we explore a contentious question - Did western Europeans begin the settlement of the New World 17,000 years before Columbus was even born? And, present for your viewing pleasure a controversial docudrama titled Ice Age Columbus - Who Were the First Americans?

Firmly rooted in the latest scientific discoveries, this fascinating docudrama explores the premise that Europeans came to America much earlier than previously thought. Anyone interested in the “Solutrean Hypothesis” should make it a point to watch this program.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Solutrean hypothesis proposes that stone tool technology of the Solutrean culture in prehistoric Europe may have later influenced the development of the Clovis tool-making culture in the Americas, and that peoples from Europe may have been among the earliest settlers in the Americas. It was first proposed in 1998. Its key proponents include Dennis Stanford, of the Smithsonian Institution, and Bruce Bradley, of the University of Exeter.

In this hypothesis, peoples associated with the Solutrean culture migrated from Ice Age Europe to North America, bringing their methods of making stone tools with them and providing the basis for later Clovis technology found throughout North America. The hypothesis rests upon particular similarities in Solutrean and Clovis technology that have no known counterparts in Eastern Asia, Siberia or Beringia, areas from which or through which early Americans are known to have migrated.