The first episode shows audiences the American Serengeti that was once North America, and the unearthing of a Clovis child who came from some of the earliest settlers of Montana. The people hunt Caribou and Mammoths as they hide from the Smilodon and run from Arctodus simus - the dreaded Short-Faced Bear. The second episode is set 65,000 years ago, Australia was a forested land of many green plants and megafauna such as Diprotodon. The continent also housed territorial large birds like genyornis and the menacing giant monitor lizard Magalania. The ancient Aborigine found their way to the shores of this strange land of giant Marsupials and Reptiles. The third and final episode is set in the 1200s, and we catch a glimpse of the Maori traveling to New Zealand after their hero Kupe first discovered this magnificent world of birds and flightless bats. They develop a taste for Giant Moa just as the amazing Haast's Eagle had a new taste for man. However, the fastest extinction process wiped ... Written by
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Like previous prehistoric documentaries by BBC, there is a combined use of Animatronics and computer-generated animations. It should also be noted that a large number of living animals were used to portray their extinct relatives. Examples include a Lioness playing an American Lion and a Haast's Eagle being live-acted with a Harpy Eagle. See more
The US version refers to Dinofelis as a scimitar-toothed cat. This is an error because scimitar cats refer to Homotherium (which also appears in this program), Machairodus, and Xenosmilus. See more