Antarctica, 106 million years B.C. In the Mid Cretaceous, Antarctica is much warmer than in modern times and covered in lush rain forests inhabited by dinosaurs like the tiny herbivore Leaellynasaura and by relics like the giant amphibian Koolasuchus. Some, like the predatory Allosaurus and giant herbivore Muttaburrasaurus, migrate from the warmer Australia in the summer. Leaellynasaura, however, hibernates during the winter, which is a cold, dark night lasting several months. This episode depicts one year in the life of a clan of Leaellynasaura plagued by territorial competition, egg thieves and predators. Written by
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There had been no conclusive evidence supporting the existence of Allosaurus in Mid-Cretaceous Antarctica at the time this episode was made; it was merely based on an ankle bone found in Australia, which had been close to Antarctica in prehistoric times. A decade later, though, a carnivorous dinosaur (named Australovenator, or "Southern hunter") was described by scientists, whose parameters just about matched those of the carnivore in this episode. Thus it is not unreasonable to assume the "Allosaur" in this case is in reality an Australovenator, with a fairly accurate representation to boot, considering it wasn't known at the time of the production. See more
When the young Leaellynasaura leaps away from the attacking Koolasuchus, the environment behind it can be seen through its mouth when the scene is freeze-framed. See more
Dawn over a silent forest a few hundred miles away from the South Pole. It is the end of months of total darkness, and as the sun's rays filter down through the trees, they reveal a cold harsh world.