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Jurassic Fight Club (Dinosaur Secrets in Europe) is a television documentary series that aired on The History Channel. The basic plot involves dinosaurs fighting. Each episode usually has two or more individual dinosaurs fighting with one another over food, territory or mating rights. The show is "hosted" by paleontology expert Dinosaur George Blasing, who plays out his own imaginary scenarios on how the fights would go.


Provides Examples Of:

  • Anachronism Stew: A mild case, Dromaeosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex living together. However when the animators had to cut corners, they did reuse many CGI models that shouldn't belong in the time period the episode is set in.
  • Animated Adaptation: Believe it or not. It's titled Dinosaur George and the Paleo Team. George has uploaded the first (and so far, only) "episode" to his YouTube account, in which his animated self travels back in time to encounter the downgraded CGI dinosaur models of this series. Further episodes are in Development Hell.
  • Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: Averted in the Majungasaurus episode.
  • Artistic Licence – Biology:
    • Predators driving off potential prey over 200 times their size because they are territorial. Eh?
    • Predators trying to drive off potential rivals by spilling food all over their territory. Eehh??
    • Sharks using their denticles (scales) to taste. Eeehhh???
    • Inbreeding causing Majungasaurus's odd appearance. Eeeehhhh????
  • Artistic License – Paleontology: When Steve Alten is one of your Talking Heads, you know you've got a problem. To be specific:
    • Naked raptors. They did try to chalk this up to budget constraints, realistic feathers being hard to animate. Although some argue that since body feathers lay flush on their bodies anyway, they wouldn't have needed to make them look all fuzzy. Also, if one is making a CGI documentary over what are essentially birds, they really should at least try to get stuff like this sorted out.
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    • Wrong forelimb posture on all of the theropods.
    • Giving a horn to a dinosaur that got famous because it lacked this feature. Although some paleontologists suggested the boss nose of Pachyrhinosaurus was the base of a keratinous horn. Though this was debunked by the same paleontologists who proposed it before the documentary was made.
    • Depicting a young T. rex as a downscaled version of the adults, even though even the narrator (correctly) claims otherwise.
    • Overly long legs on the Majungasaurus even though the hosts and the narrator state that it's legs were short. Also the defuncted name Majungapholus.
    • It's claimed that Ceratosaurus was once the dominant predator of Jurassic North America, until Allosaurus evolved and drove it to extinction. This is very unlikely, since they both appear in and disappear from the fossil record at about the same time, and the two coexisted for millions of years. Also Ceratosaurus appeared later than Allosaurus in the fossil record.
    • Camarasaurus was a very front-heavy sauropod, so it almost certainly couldn't have reared back on its hind legs as depicted in "Bloodiest Battle".
    • Unlike what the show claims, there's absolutely no evidence of theropods having scent glands like those of modern mammalian carnivores.
    • "Ice Age Monsters" implies that North America's megafauna went extinct solely due to climate change. While that might have played a role, it's odd that human activity is never brought up as a possibility, since many paleontologists believe Paleo-Indians were at least partly responsible.
    • There is zero evidence that Tyrannosaurus had a septic bite. The evidence they do give is also now wrong since we now know Komodo Dragons didn't have a septic bite and were actually venomous.
    • None of the evidence available to us suggests that Dromaeosaurs communicated using hand gestures or mimicked the sound of their prey.
    • Tyrannosaurus wouldn't have been able to pick up a entire Edmontosaurus in real life.
    • Chewing Sauropods.
    • Splayed toes wouldn't have helped the Ceratosaurus and Allosaurus from getting stuck in mud.
  • Bears Are Bad News: The short-faced bear has an episode.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: Gastonia and Stegosaurus.
  • Content Warnings: Every episode starts with this or something to the same effect (the last episode replaces "battle" with "apocalypse"):
    "The following is a graphic depiction of a violent prehistoric battle. Viewer discretion is advised."
  • Eats Babies:
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs
  • Feathered Fiend: Dromaeosaurus and Utahraptor, though they were depicted as only sparsely feathered. Also Deinonychus, although it's shown with no feathers at all.


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