Can life on Earth survive the most devastating extinction-event that has ever swept across the globe? And who will become the forerunner of the mighty dinosaurs?
Did You Know?
At the end of the episode, the small Triassic reptile Euparkeria suddenly fast-forwards through evolution to become a giant Jurassic Allosaurus, after which a short montage begins showing of various clips from the sequel Walking with Dinosaurs
(1999), including one brand new shot. The Allosaurus that the Euparkeria turns into, however, isn't from Walking with Dinosaurs
(1999) - it is actually the allosaur model from The Lost World
(2001), which was also a BBC-Framestore project. In the following shot, the animal is suddenly replaced by the Allosaurus model from Allosaurus: A Walking with Dinosaurs Special
(2000). See more
In the American version, the narrator says some bogus things. He says that the Scutosaurus digested plants with the help of small stones called "gastropods" - the correct word is "gastrolith". Gastropod is the scientific name of snails and slugs. He also says that Euparkeria will evolve into dinosaurs such as Brontosaurus. While Brontosaurus is nowadays considered a distinct and valid dinosaur genus by some scientists, at the time this show was made it has been seen as invalid (the original British narration says Diplodocus instead, which is undoubtedly a valid dinosaur name). See more
Kenneth Branagh - Narrator
After millions of years of evolution, our distant ancestors have filled the oceans and crawled out onto land. They have survived the giant insects of the swamps, and mushroomed into massive reptiles armoured to the teeth. But now they've waged so long is now much more than a battle between predator and prey. The whole planet is entering a different kind of crisis. One that will destroy most of these monster reptiles and wipe out 90% of life on Earth.