Fight for Life

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Duration: 30 minutes

This episode focuses on the Jurassic period, a time when the first giant killers stalked the Earth and lurked in the seas; a time when the slightest advantage meant the difference between life and death.

In North America the iconic allosaurus, an ambush hunter with a lethal bite, dominated. Not even the heavily-armoured stegosaurus was safe from this killer, and incredible evidence reveals a glimpse of a vicious battle between these two giants.

Life in Jurassic oceans was no easier; in 2008, a fossil was dug out of a frozen island high in the Arctic. It was a colossal marine reptile, twice as big as most ocean predators, at 15 metres long and weighing about 45 tonnes. This was Predator X. Its skull alone was nearly twice the size of a tyrannosaurus rex's, and its bite force unmatched by anything in the Jurassic seas.

The balance of power between predator and prey is a fine one, as prey continually evolve different ways to avoid predators. But for the most successful and enduring predators, the battle to survive has always been tipped in their favour.

  • Predator X

    Predator X

    The terror of the Jurassic seas.

    Name: not officially named yet
    Age: 147 million years
    Length: 15m
    Weight: 45t
    Range: Europe

    Watch: Predator X
  • Allosaurus

    Allosaurus

    The Jurassic killer with a bite like a hatchet.

    Name: “Different lizard”
    Age: 150 million years
    Length: 9m
    Weight: 1.5t
    Range: North America (mostly)

    Watch: Allosaurus

Credits

Narrator
John Hurt
Narrator
John Hurt
Executive Producer
Andrew Cohen
Executive Producer
Andrew Cohen
Series Producer
Nigel Paterson
Series Producer
Nigel Paterson
Director
Nigel Paterson
Director
Nigel Paterson

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