Using the latest technology the amazing lost world of the Cretaceous, Triassic and Jurassic periods of Earth's history, when the dinosaurs reigned supreme, is brought stunningly back to life. The series provides insights into how these mammoth creatures appeared, how they survived for millions of years and probes the mysteries of their sudden disappearance leaving only a fossil record to show they had ever existed!Written by
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To reduce costs, some CGI models were recycled, tweaked slightly to create multiple dinosaur genera that were similar in appearance. For instance, the Allosaurus model in the second episode, "Time of the Titans", is reused in the third episode ("Cruel Sea") to represent an Eustreptospondylus, and again in the fifth episode ("Spirits of the Ice Forest") as a polar allosaur. Similarly, the Ornithocheirus model from the 4th episode ("Giant of the Skies") is reused in the 6th and final episode ("Death of a Dynasty") for Quetzalcoatlus, with a different color scheme and altered head crests (it also appears briefly in "Spirits of the Ice Forest" as an unnamed pterosaur). Further, the Leaellynasaura model from "Spirits of the Ice Forest" reappears in "Time of the Titans" and "Death of a Dynasty" as other genera of small ornithopods, and the Utahraptor model from "Giant of the Skies' returns in "Death of a Dynasty" as a Dromaeosaurus. See more »
All throughout the show, animals are consistently misplaced in time. In reality, only very few of the depicted animals lived in the time their respective episodes take place in. See more »
In the Spanish version, the Utahraptors are erroneously called Velociraptors. See more »
Superb on DVD -- avoid Discovery's televised version
You can't watch this documentary as aired on the Discovery channel (narrated wonderfully, though, by Avery Brooks). Apparently, they thought us American audiences couldn't handle, say, the cynodonts devouring their own young, or a mother T-rex regurgitating freshly killed meat for its young. How presumptive of Discovery.
On the other hand, the documentary is flawlessly done. You really get the impression of "being there", and you don't just get dinosaurs. You get the cynodontia (mammal-like reptiles), the dung beetles, the postosuchus, the terrifying liplurodon (which makes the T-rex look like an iguana by comparison), the sneaking didelphodon, and early birds.
The UK 6 episode version puts everything into perspective. Ending with a shot of the African jungle, and now we can see how similiar the world then was to the world today.
There are no iguanadons or sauropods in herds, but elephants and zebras. There are no tyrannosaurs or utahraptors, but lions and tigers.
Notably, the documentary wisely stays aware from the question of, say, whether the sauropods were warm- or coldblooded, or the new concept of gigantotherms (the sheer size of the body creates its own heat).
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