Dinosaurs – What were dinosaurs like and what was their daily life like? This is the question that drives all researchers and paleontologists to work on these extinct animals. Thanks to numerous recent discoveries (this is called the new golden age), evidence is accumulating that allows us to better understand this prehistoric world.
In order to acquaint the public with these novelties, a new documentary series has been produced on AppleTV, Prehistoric Planet. Scheduled to release one episode per day between May 23 and 27, there are 95 different species, ranging from the famous (feathered) Velociraptor to the giant Titanosaur, passing through the intriguing Monikos and its similar head. Barn owl.
In order to make it as realistic as possible, Apple put small dishes in large bowls. BBC Studios and the Natural History Unit produce, while naturalist Sir David Attenborough narrates. In terms of music, it is presided over by the famous composer Hans Zimmer.
Particularly impressive, the special effects are the work of MPC as well as executive producer Jon Favreau – who actually produced the series, for example. The Mandalorian. All this allows us to dive 66 million years ago, into the heart of the Cretaceous period.
Wedding Ballet & Cleaning
It consists of 5 episodes of about forty minutes each, we observe the animals of the past in many different climates: coasts, deserts, fresh water, glacial worlds and finally forests. And yes, surprisingly, dinosaurs conquered all environments. We find for example in the middle of a freezing blizzard a trio of Nansaurus, hairy cousins of a tyrannosaurus encountering a group of large herbivores, Pachyrhinosaurus.
The documentary series also showcases many behaviors that have not been shown before, based on the discoveries of paleontologists as well as knowledge of our animals’ current behaviors. Thus we can witness the ballet of marrying a carnotor (a large theropod), very similar to that of many birds such as the bird of paradise.
Another striking sight is the cleaning session given by the Mosasaur, one of the largest marine carnivores the Earth has ever borne. This behavior has already been observed today, for example with the “cleaning” of the hippopotamus by fish feeding on dead skin, etc.
The goal is actually to “discover the presented dinosaurs in a completely new way, with technological tools that have not been used before in this type of documentary,” explains Tim Walker, one of the producers.
It’s also about presenting dinosaurs differently. The work done here is often depicted in a simple hunting report. For paleontologist Darren Naish, this “made it possible to transform the discovered fossils into living animals, with complex behaviors and lives.”
To create this originality, the shooting was done in the midst of nature rather than in the real world. In the same way the “real” wild animals are incorporated into the documentary series. As Jon Favreau explains, “The goal is to make technology disappear, to create something real and realistic.”
“Nothing has been done for the show, this documentary is entirely based on science.” If Jon Favreau’s words are imbued with a dose of promotion, they are no less true. In fact, the scientific community He was heavily involved in the making of the “prehistoric planet”. It is for Darren Naishor scientific painter and artist of the ancient era Gabriel Ogito.
Many scientific disciplines are also designed, such as climate modeling, paleontology or even contemporary biology. The producer told the BBC: “We’re more like Sherlock Holmes collecting evidence than a forensic incident.” Mike Gunton.
Thus, in one episode, we notice two dinosaurs in complete intimacy, and they seem to “kiss” each other. This mirrors a 2017 study published in the journal Scientific Reports She found evidence that tyrannosaurs had a sensitive nose that could have helped them perform deceptive behaviors.
There are also many Dromaeosaurids, a family of carnivores also known as birds of prey. This is being photographed for the first time As science imagines them, with thick plumage. The documentary thus shows a vandal setting fire to the forest to hunt, but also the famous velociraptors presenting their feathers on a hunt/balancing at the edge of a cliff.
This documentary series presents the life of dinosaurs in a new light, while “we’re one guess away from many discoveries, on fur and colors for example,” explains Darren Naish. Hence the choice to focus on a specific period, 66 million years ago. This era is indeed the era that provided the most information about these animals, one of some famous dinosaurs like Triceratops or the tyrannical king of lizards, Tyrannosaurus.
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