National Geographic: Adventures in Time


most of the year,

but we do know that she shows up here

every Autumn at the Farallons." pretty consistent.

She's almost always in the same area."

"What's more she appears to come

each year to the same spot to hunt.

How do you know Stumpy is here?

You set the board out...

and she lets you know...

This is how a great white kills

an elephant seal in the first hit...

In one precise torpedo-like blow

the shark hits the prey from below.

The stunning impact of the first lightning

strike may incapacitate the seal.

This strategy saves energy

and may minimize the rise

of injury to the shark."

This surprising sequence of attack

retreat and feast has served

the shark well for a very long time.

But Nature was not content to have

only the seas populated with living things.

After hundreds of millions of years

of preparation out of the water crept life.

It took countless generations for gills

to become lungs

and flippers to evolve into wings or feet.

Eventually, a profusion of crawling

flying and running creatures claimed

the land for their own.

Reptiles began a one hundred

and fifty million year

sovereignty over the planet.

It was the age of the dinosaurs.

They were the biggest creatures ever

to walk the earth.

Gone now some 65 million years...

they live on in our collective


Among the departed was one of

the strangest dinosaurs that ever lived.

It was called Ovirapto

and it was swift, smart and lethal.

This expedition is traveling

to a remote part of Mongolia

to uncover the secrets

of the Oviraptor's world.

Michael Novacek and Mark Norell of the

American Museum of Natural History

come to this desolate place to piece

together a puzzle

of evolution and extinction.

"One, two, three, four, five, six, seven

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