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Based on the latest paleontological discoveries from all continents, veteran actor John Hurt narrates the gory, bleak stories of the brutal relationship between the ancient apex predators and their gigantic herbivorous prey.

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John Hurt ...  Himself - Narrator 6 episodes, 2011
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An astonishing six-part series that brings to life the most incredible creatures that ever existed. From Spinosaurus, the biggest killer to ever walk the Earth, to the immense sea-monster Predator X, and the deadly cannibalistic Majunasaurus - dinosaurs were more monstrous, more horrific and bizarre than ever before imagined. Combining a 3D graphic world, incredible CGI and stunning photo-real fight scenes, this is a whole new perspective on dinosaurs. Written by Anonymous

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English

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14 September 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A dinók bolygója See more »

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Jellyfish Pictures See more »
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(original) | (6 episodes)

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16:9 HD
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While for the most part up-to-date at the times of release, several claims made by the show have since been overturned.
  • Spinosaurus is now thought to have been even more at home in the water, it had a lengthier back-sail and likely significantly shorter back legs.
  • "Predator X" has since been given an actual scientific name: Pliosaurus funkei, and it probably weighed only the third of the show's 45 ton estimate.
  • Hatzegopteryx wasn't near as lean and long-necked as depicted here. It was fairly robust and its neck was only about half the length of the show's model.
  • Microraptor is now know to have been iridescent black, not brown.
  • Epidexipteryx is shown using its long, thin fingers to probe for insects, however it may actually have had a bat-like wing membrane between its fingers.
  • Tyrannosaurs in the series are depicted as scaly. Scientists still argue over whether they were fully covered in scales (certain parts of their bodies most likely were) or if they had feathers or bare skin.
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Throughout, the narrator pronounces the dinosaur name "Troodon" as TRUE-DON. Its correct pronunciation has an extra syllable: TROH-UH-DON. See more »

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Double Review (5 & 49). Much smarter than Walking with...
14 September 2011 | by ziocaneSee all my reviews

I've just finished watching the first episode of "Planet Dinosaur" with my 5 year old (a special late treat). He's a big fan of "Walking with Dinosaurs" and despite umpteen repeated viewings, WE still enjoy it (WWD). I wondered what we'd make of the new offering.

We loved it! The BBC have obviously decided that "Smartening Up" is the way to go. It's informative, entertaining, surprising and... a big problem. My boy is full of a million questions (as am I) and won't go to sleep. It's been a very long time since I've thought "Oooh, I can't wait for the next one"

A rebuttal for those of a similar sniffiness: I noticed a swift response to this broadcast 'elsewhere' saying that the CGI wasn't up to much. All I can say to that simpleton is "If you require flawless reality, turn off your telly"


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