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Reptile's Beginnings 

The reptiles evolve, and the race for survival continues on land. Giant arthropods lurk in the Carboniferous forest, and sail-backed mammal-like reptiles fight for the survival of their young in the Permian.

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Chloe Leland
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Kenneth Branagh ... Narrator (voice)
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The reptiles evolve, and the race for survival continues on land. Giant arthropods lurk in the Carboniferous forest, and sail-backed mammal-like reptiles fight for the survival of their young in the Permian.

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5 November 2005 (UK) See more »

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The giant spider that appears in the first segment of the episode is referred to as "Mesothelae", which is although not a proper name of a specific genus or species, the series tends to refer to a number of animals by the name of the animal group they belong to. Originally, this Mesothelae was meant to be a Megarachne, possibly the biggest spider ever discovered, until during the series' production, it turned out that "Megarachne" wasn't a spider at all, but an eurypterid (or sea scorpion). By this time, though, since the production was already underway, all they could do was to change the name of the spider. The error was not fixed completely, though, as (now that Megarachne has been re-classified) there is no evidence of any spider being as large as the "Mesothelae" depicted in this program. See more »

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The Mesothelae spider injects black venom into its victim, however spiders are known to have clear venom. See more »

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Kenneth Branagh - Narrator: Three hundred million years ago, much of the Earth was covered in vast swamp forests. Here nothing is as it seems.
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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Strangest Prehistoric Creatures (2016) See more »

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