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Giant of the Skies 

127 million years B.C. This episode follows the last journey of a giant Ornithocheirus, one of the largest flying animals of all time, as he travels from Brazil to his genus's mating ... See full summary »

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127 million years B.C. This episode follows the last journey of a giant Ornithocheirus, one of the largest flying animals of all time, as he travels from Brazil to his genus's mating grounds in Cantabria, Spain. Along the way, he meets strange animals such as the colorfully crested Tapejara, the armored Polacanthus and the vicious predator Utahraptor. Written by Dutch90

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25 October 1999 (USA)  »

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The program's depiction of the carnivorous Utahraptor contains many flaws:
  • First of all, they are covered in scales. Fossil findings suggest that these dinosaurs were actually feathered, and had wings.
  • Their hands are pronated (palms facing back). Their palms should face inwards.
  • They are shown with the head of a much better known dinosaur, Deinonychus. Utahraptor had a more tubular-looking head.
  • Their tail is too long.
  • They also had teeth that pointed slightly outward from the tip of their snout.
  • Finally, some scientists also claim that these animals (and raptors in general) didn't actually hunt by bringing down larger dinosaurs.
  • Yet these inaccuracies cannot be listed as errors. At the time the program was made, some of these facts may not have been known, and the skull of the Utahraptor hasn't been discovered. The only true error is the lack of feathers, seeing as many paleontologists have already correctly theorized that they may have had them when the episode was created.
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In one scene, an Iguanodon starts running and leaves distinct footprints in the sand. However, when it is about to start running, there are no foot prints behind it at all, as if it had been standing there for days. See more »

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Narrator: It is the beginning of a period in Earth's history known as the Cretaceous.
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