Walking with Dinosaurs

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Walking with Dinosaurs is a six-part documentary television miniseries created by Tim Haines and produced by BBC Natural History Unit. The series first aired on the BBC in the United Kingdom in 1999 with narration by Kenneth Branagh. The series was subsequently aired in North America on the Discovery Channel in 2000, with Avery Brooks replacing Branagh. On reruns it airs on the Discovery Channel, with Kenneth Branagh replacing Avery Brooks. The program explores ancient life of the Mesozoic Era, portraying dinosaurs and their contemporaries in the style of a traditional nature documentary.


New Blood [1.1][edit]

Narrator: First light across the western hills of Earth's only continent; Pangaea. This world has been ruled by one group of giant reptiles for over fifty million years. But these ancient creatures have had their day.

Narrator: [about the mammal-like reptiles] One day in the future, this strategy of investing in their young will pay off for their mammalian descendants. But as mammals evolve over the next one hundred sixty million years, they will only survive as a few small species, clinging on at the edge of a world dominated by dinosaurs.

Time of the Titans [1.2][edit]

Narrator: These rich sunlit waters are on the northern end of the ancient Tethys ocean, the sea that separates the Earth's two continents: one in the north, one in the south.

Narrator: [about the Allosaurus] These are the lions of the Jurassic. The top predators of their age!

Narrator: Sauropods dominate the late Jurassic, and it will be millions of years before new dinosaur herbivores evolve to replace them. With their passing, life will never again be this large.

Cruel Sea [1.3][edit]

Narrator: These islands are regularly ravaged by violent tropical storms from the east, that are strong enough to tear away shallow sea beds, smash corals, and kill thousands of marine animals.

Narrator: [about the Lipleurodon] At one hundred and fifty tons, it is the largest and most powerful carnivore ever to live on the planet.

Narrator: The newborn pups have just a few seconds to reach the surface and take their first breath.

Narrator: Marine reptiles were one of the glories of this ancient time, even though turtles are the only ones left today.

Narrator: Under these azure waters, lies the future continent of Europe. But now in the Late Jurassic period, all that exists here are a few scattered islands.

Giant of the Skies [1.4][edit]

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

Narrator: It is the beginning of a period in Earth's history called the Cretaceous, and the movement of the continents is not only breaking up the giant northern and southern landmasses, but it continues to push up sea levels. This has opened new seaways and coastlines.

Narrator: In the far future, the pterosaurs will surrender the skies to the birds!

Spirits of the Ice Forest [1.5][edit]

Narrator: It is the mid-Cretaceous period, and dinosaurs are now more widespread than ever, reaching every part of the globe. But one place is a special challenge: the South Pole.

Narrator: The giant carnivore has killed the dominant female. It is a bitter blow; winter is coming, and without a lead female there will be tension in the clan.

Narrator: Life on the Poles is a remarkable evolutionary achievement for the dinosaurs. But eventually, a slight cooling in the world's climates will spell doom to these lush Antarctic forests. And without them, all these unique dinosaurs will also disappear.

Death of a Dynasty [1.6][edit]

Narrator: There are still islands of greenery between the barren lava flows. In the warm moist climate of the late Cretaceous period, the vegetation has transformed.

Narrator: Millions of years of evolution has also created intimate relationships among different types of dinosaurs. Especially the delicate balance between predator... and prey.

[After the asteroid kills all the dinosaurs of the Cretaceous period, Molten rocks fall out of the sky]
Narrator: Finally a rain of molten rocks starts to fall out of the darkening sky. This is the end of the age of the dinosaurs. [The scene shows the dark clouds] The comet struck the Gulf of Mexico with the force of 10 billion Hiroshima bombs. In the catastrophic climate changes that followed, 65% of life died out. [The Earth changed everything in fast motion] It took millions of years for Earth to recover, and when it did, the giant dinosaurs were gone, never to return.

[last line of the series]
Narrator: In their place have emerged other powerful and beautiful creatures. We now know one small group of dinosaurs did survive the extinction and they are all around us today: the birds.


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