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Planet Dinosaur is a six part documentary series that was produced by the BBC in 2011. Each of the six episodes takes an in-depth look at the dinosaurs from the Triassic to the Cretaceous Eras of Prehistoric Earth. This documentary series takes a look at the past ecosystems of the Mesozoic Era and the many species of dinosaurs that existed in those habitats during that time period. From Africa to North America and other continents around the world there is evidence of the past existence of dinosaurs in the form of fossils.

There was also evidence of massive crocodiles that lived during the Late Cretaceous period that were up to 75 to 80 feet in length found in both Africa and South America. The theory of the evolution of flight is also examined in this series with bird like dinosaurs being uncovered in Asia, including a feathered dinosaur predator the lived in deserts of Mongolia 85 million years ago.

The second episode titled Feathered Dragons examines the process of evolution beginning 154 million years ago of both feathered dinosaurs and the origins of modern day birds. By doing a comparison of both dinosaur and bird skeletons, the similarities are there for scientists to see.

Dinosaurs disappeared from Earth 65 million years ago without a trace, theories abound on why it happened. Many dinosaur experts believe that a meteor hit the Earth somewhere in Central America causing an event of mass extinction that killed off the dinosaurs. The fact that these creatures survived for so long before becoming extinct, can both be awe inspiring and overwhelming at the same time. This documentary series has looked at the habits and behaviors of dinosaurs by using both advice from experts and the use of computer generated imagery.

BBC America
1 Season, 6 Episodes
September 14, 2011
Action & Adventure, Documentary & Biography
8.2/10
Cast: John Hurt
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Planet Dinosaur Full Episode Guide

  • This episode focuses on the new giants, the heavyweights of the dinosaur world. It's only in recent years that we've unearthed the biggest dinosaurs that ever lived. One monster eclipsed all others, more than seven times as heavy as Diplodocus this was the immense Argentinosaurus - a single backbone was bigger than a human. For years these giants were considered immune to attack from any predator - until the discovery of- Mapusaurus - a new giant killer whose fate appeared to be inextricably linked to Argentinosaurus.

  • This episode journeys back 150 million years to the Jurassic period. This was a time when the first giant killers stalked the earth predators like the fabled Allosaurus. But these giants weren't confined to the land, recent discoveries have revealed an astonishing new hunter in the oceans, a predator that dwarfs almost all others; Predator X. From the oceans to the land these new giant killers posed the greatest of threats with the smallest advantage tipping the balance between life and death. Predator and prey were locked in a perpetual battle for survival.

  • This episode explores the last generation of killer dinosaurs. Carnivores that took killing to the next level. At the end of the Cretaceous period these hunter killers had spread throughout the globe. In the southern continents it was the powerful and muscular abelisaurs, like Majungasaurus, that reigned supreme. Whereas in the north it was the famous tyrannosaurs, like Daspletosaurus, that dominated.

  • This episode reveals the bizarre and extraordinary feathered dinosaurs that have only just been discovered; dinosaurs like Microraptor, Sinornithosaurus and Epidexipteryx; dinosaurs that have revolutionized our understanding of life on earth and blur the boundaries between dinosaurs and birds.

  • For decades the dinosaurs of Africa were lost to us. But recent discoveries have now revealed some of the most spectacular dinosaurs ever found. Two giant killers, both bigger than T.rex; one of these has captured our imaginations; Spinosaurus, the biggest killer known to have walked the earth. Only now has evidence been unearthed that reveals just how two giant killers managed to survive side by side.

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