Australian paleontologist Tim Flannery examines how Europe’s deep past might inform the future in Europe: A Natural History. Taking readers to a pre-history when hippos swam the Thames and giant carnivorous hedgehogs roamed Italy, he conjures a landscape of exceptional diversity, rapid change and high energy that played a vital role in the evolution of our own species. ABC’s Michaela Kalowski meets Flannery to find out what his enthralling ecological history reveals about our past, present and future.