History Series / WalkingWithDinosaurs

7th Oct '17 5:52:53 AM Clare
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* ShownTheirWork: The production team went on great lengths to avoid [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures grasses]] during the shooting of ''Walking with Dinosaurs''. [[ScienceMarchesOn Then we found out it first appeared in the Cretaceous]], although it may not have been very widespread at the time.

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* ShownTheirWork: The production team went on great lengths to avoid [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures grasses]] during the shooting of ''Walking with Dinosaurs''. [[ScienceMarchesOn Then we found out it first appeared in the Cretaceous]], although though it may not have been very widespread was confined to India at the time.time, so its absence is still justified.
27th Sep '17 5:21:10 AM Clare
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** The narration mentions that Opthalmasaurus mothers will sometimes eat the offspring of others to increase their own young's chances of survival.

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** The narration mentions that Opthalmasaurus mothers adult Opthalmosaurus will sometimes eat the offspring of others to increase their own young's chances of survival.
22nd Sep '17 5:02:37 AM Clare
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** "Time of the Titans", obviously, with all the ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Diplodocus]]'' youngsters (called "sauropodlets" in the show), very few of whom reach adulthood, the rest having either fallen victim to predators or been killed in a forest fire. Even more so in the book, where [[spoiler: only one survives.]]

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** "Time of the Titans", obviously, with all the ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Diplodocus]]'' youngsters (called "sauropodlets" in the show), very few of whom reach adulthood, the rest having either fallen victim to predators or been other dinosaurs (mostly predators, though one is killed when it gets in the way of a Stegosaurus's spiked tail) or died in a forest fire. Even more so in the book, where [[spoiler: only one survives.]]
20th Sep '17 7:23:55 AM Clare
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** "Spirits of the Ice Forest". Although, many of the ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeHadrosaurPredecessors Leaellynasaura]]'' clan mate and lay eggs, the only ones that survive long enough to hatch are those laid by the dominant female. Even then, two out of the three hatchlings are killed (offscreen) by predators.

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** "Spirits of the Ice Forest". Although, Although many of the ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeHadrosaurPredecessors Leaellynasaura]]'' clan mate and lay eggs, the only ones that survive long enough to hatch are those laid by the dominant female. Even then, two out of the three hatchlings are killed (offscreen) by predators.
20th Sep '17 5:31:06 AM Clare
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** "Spirits of the Ice Forest" implies an aversion, mentioning that although many of the ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeHadrosaurPredecessors Leaellynasaura]]'' clan mate and lay eggs, usually the only young that will survive is the dominant pair's children. ''Leaellynasaura'' was a tiny bipedal herbivorous dinosaur from Cretaceous Australia and Antarctica.

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** "Spirits of the Ice Forest" implies an aversion, mentioning that although Forest". Although, many of the ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeHadrosaurPredecessors Leaellynasaura]]'' clan mate and lay eggs, usually the only young ones that will survive is long enough to hatch are those laid by the dominant pair's children. ''Leaellynasaura'' was a tiny bipedal herbivorous dinosaur from Cretaceous Australia and Antarctica.female. Even then, two out of the three hatchlings are killed (offscreen) by predators.
20th Sep '17 5:26:01 AM Clare
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* SterilityPlague: In "Death of a Dynasty", the atmospheric pollution caused by the increase in volcanic activity at the end of the Cretaceous means dinosaur eggs are not forming properly, leading to clutches either failing completely or producing only a handful of viable eggs. As a result, the death of a young dinosaur is described as "a bitter blow". This, along with everything else that was going on in the world, is taken to imply that, even if the comet strike hadn't happened, the dinosaurs were dying out anyway.

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* SterilityPlague: In "Death of a Dynasty", the atmospheric pollution caused by the increase in volcanic activity at the end of the Cretaceous means dinosaur eggs are not forming properly, leading to clutches either failing completely or producing only a handful of viable eggs. As a result, the death of a young dinosaur is described as "a bitter blow". This, along with everything else that was going on in the world, is taken to imply that, even if the comet strike hadn't happened, the dinosaurs were dying out anyway.
19th Sep '17 7:49:16 AM Clare
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** The Coelophysis themselves also turn to cannibalism when the going gets tough, though the [[ScienceMarchesOn fossil evidence which inspired this scene was later found to have been misinterpreted]].

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** The Coelophysis themselves also turn to cannibalism when the going gets tough, though the [[ScienceMarchesOn fossil evidence which inspired this scene was later found to have been misinterpreted]].misinterpreted.
19th Sep '17 7:44:34 AM Clare
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** The first dinosaur we see (during the scenes in the first episode which outline what the series is going to be about) is a Tyrannosaurus. The last dinosaurs to be shown (unless you count the shots of modern birds at the end) are two juvenile Tyrannosaurus, who get swept away by the blast wave from the comet strike.



** Inverted with Ornithocheirus. The final scene in "Giant of the Skies" shows a juvenile Ornithocheirus eating one of the adult males which died during the mating rituals, though it's not known if it's the same Ornithocheirus we've been following throughout the episode.

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** Inverted with Ornithocheirus. The final scene in "Giant of the Skies" shows a juvenile Ornithocheirus eating one of the adult males which died during the mating rituals, though it's not known if it's the same Ornithocheirus we've been following throughout the episode.rituals.



* IAmAHumanitarian: Several creatures throughout the series are either seen eating their own kind or are mentioned to do so.
** When their burrow is besieged by the Coelophysis, the Cynodonts, having already lost one pup to the dinosaurs, are forced to eat the remaining two in order to both cheat the Coelophysis of their meal and give themselves the chance to escape.
** The Coelophysis themselves also turn to cannibalism when the going gets tough, though the [[ScienceMarchesOn fossil evidence which inspired this scene was later found to have been misinterpreted]].
** The narration mentions that Opthalmasaurus mothers will sometimes eat the offspring of others to increase their own young's chances of survival.
** At the end of the Ornithocheirus mating season, the bodies of males who have "lost out in the struggle to reproduce" are eaten by juvenile Ornithocheirus.
** The mother Tyrannosaurus in the final episode will, according to the narration, quickly come to view her offspring as "food", though this turns out to be a moot point as she is fatally injured by an Ankylosaurus's club-like tail. It is also implied that the weakest of the Tyrannosaurus babies was killed and eaten by its siblings.



** New Blood contained the deaths of [[spoiler:all the [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles cynodont]] young (one by being eaten by the ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Coelophysis]]'', the rest eaten by their ''own parents'' in the uncut UK Broadcast/DVD). The Coelophysis themselves are also cannibals.]]
** "Time of the Titans", obviously, with all the ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Diplodocus]]'' youngsters (called "sauropodlets" in the show), very few of whom reach adulthood. Even more so in the book, where [[spoiler: only one survives.]]

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** New Blood contained the deaths of [[spoiler:all all the [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles cynodont]] young (one by being eaten by the ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Coelophysis]]'', the rest eaten by their ''own parents'' in the uncut UK Broadcast/DVD). The Coelophysis themselves are also cannibals.]]
cannibals.
** "Time of the Titans", obviously, with all the ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Diplodocus]]'' youngsters (called "sauropodlets" in the show), very few of whom reach adulthood.adulthood, the rest having either fallen victim to predators or been killed in a forest fire. Even more so in the book, where [[spoiler: only one survives.]]



* PleaseWakeUp: The baby T-Rexes harass their dead mother, urging the corpse to do something.

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* PleaseWakeUp: The baby T-Rexes harass continue to hang around their dead mother, urging waiting for the corpse to do something. get up. Averted in the book, where they begin to feed on the body, showing that they are aware that their mother has died.



* SterilityPlague: In "Death of a Dynasty", the atmospheric pollution caused by the increase in volcanic activity at the end of the Cretaceous means dinosaur eggs are not forming properly, leading to clutches either failing completely or producing only a handful of viable eggs. As a result, when a baby dinosaur dies, it's described as "a bitter blow". This, along with everything else that was going on in the world, is taken to imply that, even if the comet strike hadn't happened, the dinosaurs were living on borrowed time anyway.

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* SterilityPlague: In "Death of a Dynasty", the atmospheric pollution caused by the increase in volcanic activity at the end of the Cretaceous means dinosaur eggs are not forming properly, leading to clutches either failing completely or producing only a handful of viable eggs. As a result, when the death of a baby young dinosaur dies, it's is described as "a bitter blow". This, along with everything else that was going on in the world, is taken to imply that, even if the comet strike hadn't happened, the dinosaurs were living on borrowed time dying out anyway.


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19th Sep '17 5:53:39 AM Clare
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-->But nature is seldom wasteful. They have become food for the next generation.

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-->But --->But nature is seldom wasteful. They have become food for the next generation.
19th Sep '17 5:52:53 AM Clare
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** Inverted with Ornithocheirus. The final scene in "Giant of the Skies" shows a juvenile Ornithocheirus eating one of the adult males which died during the mating rituals, though it's not known if it's the same Ornithocheirus we've been following throughout the episode.
-->But nature is seldom wasteful. They have become food for the next generation.


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* SterilityPlague: In "Death of a Dynasty", the atmospheric pollution caused by the increase in volcanic activity at the end of the Cretaceous means dinosaur eggs are not forming properly, leading to clutches either failing completely or producing only a handful of viable eggs. As a result, when a baby dinosaur dies, it's described as "a bitter blow". This, along with everything else that was going on in the world, is taken to imply that, even if the comet strike hadn't happened, the dinosaurs were living on borrowed time anyway.
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