The Great Survivors

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Duration: 30 minutes

The final episode explores dinosaurs' extraordinary ability to survive. Featured dinosaurs include the bizarre magyarosaurus, which lived in the shadow of the biggest flying animal - hatzegopteryx - and showed an amazing adaptation to island life; and the weird nothronychus, a carnivore that gave up meat eating.

This astonishing capacity to evolve into ever more diverse and bizarre forms meant that dinosaurs not only spread throughout the world, but also dominated life upon it for more than 160 million years. It was only an unprecedented extraterrestrial event that finally saw the end of planet dinosaur.

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    The beaked behemoth taller than T. rex.

    Name: “Giant robber”
    Age: 80 million years
    Length: 8m
    Weight: 1400kg
    Range: China

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  • Nothronychus

    Nothronychus

    The killer turned vegetarian - the panda of the cretaceous world.

    Name: “Slothful claw”
    Age: 92 million years
    Length: 5m
    Weight: 880kg
    Range: North America

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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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