Planet Dinosaur: Ultimate Killers

Synopsis: Adapted from the multi-award winning BBC1 series, Planet Dinosaur Ultimate Killers recreates the lost world of the dinosaurs in a groundbreaking stereoscopic production.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Nigel Paterson
Actors: John Hurt
50 min


Despite the apparent

weakness of its bite,

Allosaurus did, in fact,

have a deadly killing method.

Its skull could withstand a force

more than 1 5 times as great as its bite.

This meant that Allosaurus

used its head like an axe,

its strong neck muscles

driving its top jaw into its prey.

With every impact, the serrated teeth

would tear through its prey's flesh...

the victim dying through

a combination of shock and blood loss.



At 12 metres, it is the biggest

carnivore in the region.



One of the advantages of being so big

is that stealing another's kill

is that much easier.

With the rise of giant predators,

and their spread

throughout the Jurassic world,

smaller dinosaurs needed new strategies

if they were to survive.

In recent years,

China has been the focus

of some remarkable fossil discoveries.

One extraordinary fossil hints

how some may have avoided

these killer dinosaurs.

It lived in the Jurassic forests

of China 1 54 million years ago.

Hiding in these lush forests

is Epidexipteryx.

This forest is home to many predators,

and being small makes it vulnerable.


This is Sinraptor.

A small dinosaur like Epidexipteryx

would be of no interest

to a seven-metre adult.

But this is a juvenile.


Being small does have its advantages.

Everything we know about Epidexipteryx

comes from an incredible fossil

first revealed in 2008.

It showed an animal with a small skull

and large eye sockets

and unusually long teeth,

with toes suited to gripping branches

and very long arms and hands.

It suggests that this was a dinosaur

well suited to living in the trees.

The extraordinary

elongated third finger

is another distinctive

feature of the group.

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Tom Brass

Tom Brass is an academic who has written widely on peasant studies. For many years he was at the University of Cambridge as an affiliated lecturer in their Faculty of Social and Political Sciences and at Queens' College, Cambridge as their Director of Studies of the Social and Political Sciences. For many years he was an, and then the, editor of the Journal of Peasant Studies. Murray reports Brass as being "dismissive of the cultural turn in peasant studies" and the rise of post-modern perspectives and his notion that this has been a conservative process and that it has lent support to neoliberalism. more…

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