Last Day of the Dinosaurs

Synopsis: Proposes a minute-by-minute chronology of the Chicxulub impact and its effect on the dinosaurs and other animals around the world.
Director(s): Richard Dale
Actors: Bill Mondy
  2 nominations.
66 min

Our world was once a world

dominated by dinosaurs.

They walked where we walk.

They drank the same water...

Breathed the same air...

And fought

on the same battlefields.

But then they faced the day

that none of us

can imagine...

Some of the

most critical hours

in the history of life on Earth.

This is the story of the day

their world ended...

the last day of the dinosaurs.



A warmer place

than it is today.

Along the west coast of

what's now North America,

mountains tower over

a large forested valley.

It's the domain of the ultimate form

of prehistoric evolution.


And more than 350 pounds

with a wingspan of 40 feet,

Quetzalcoatlus is the largest

flying creature of all time.

A mile down,

a breakfast no carnivore

can not resist.

It will take this tiny hatchling

to become the most

fearsome predator.

But for now,

Tyrannosaurus Rex,

is just few inches tall,

not very scary

and completely exposed.

But... not completely unprotected.

The father, a fully grown T-Rex

is on a hunt.

Its acute sense of smell,

helps him sniff out prey

from great distances,

and it also serves him well

as a parent.

He knows when something is wrong.

Quetzalcoatlus' metabolism

demands that it eat regularly.

and powering this streamline body

means finding

rich sources of protein,

like a 3 pound baby T-Rex.

Quetzalcoatlus' huge wings

are perfectly adapted

for long distance gliding.

But its sheer size

makes it hard to lift off

when it's backed into a corner.

It's lucky...

this time.

Of the entire clutch

of T-Rex eggs,

only one chick survived.

And if it grows up,

it will grow to be 17 feet tall

and weigh more than 7 tons.

But surviving

to adulthood,

even for

Tyrannosaurus Rex

isn't written in stone.

Because a storm is coming.

Born of events

that took place long before.

This is the asteroid belt

between Mars and Jupiter.

Billions of rocks

all hurdling through space,

in the same direction,

like traffic

on a freeway.


except this one.

which is moving diagonally

on a completely different course.

It's like a 40 mile wide semi

suddenly slicing

across the highway.

But this truck

is going 22,000 miles an hour.

The two asteroids shattered

into millions of fragments.

But this fragment

over 6 miles across,

has a special destiny.

It's a rock

poised to change history.

Because it's heading

for the fifth largest planet

in the solar system.

The only planet

known to harbor life.

Planet Earth.

Meanwhile, the planet's

reptilian lords live

completely unaware of

what's heading their way.

Triceratops are among

the most widespread

dinosaurs on the

North American continent.

They're herbivores, but that

doesn't mean they're wallflowers.

Male Triceratops

take their mating rights...

very seriously...!

And weighing 6 tons each,

a face off can be fatal.

This time,

intimidation does the trick.

But there's another

enemy waiting in the wings.

He's not after

mating rights.

The Triceratops is fast

and well-armed enough

to stand a chance

against T-Rex...

...but not against two of them.

Hunting as a pair

one T-Rex go get

behind the deadly horns

and armored core.

There's enough meat here

to feed them both for weeks,

but they may not have

the time to enjoy it.

A quarter of million miles up,

is the earth's last hope of defense.

The Moon has saved

the planet before.

Its pockmarked surface

bears the scars of

countless collisions.

This crater

known as Tycho,

is more than 50 miles wide.

Created by a rock

only half the size of the one

that's on its way.

But the moon is rarely

in the right place,

at the right time.

Nothing can stop

the asteroid now.

This cosmic missile isn't

as alien as it seems.

Like the earth itself,

It's made up largely of rock

and water.

In the cold vacuum of space

the water freezes into

a hard permafrost.

But on the inside,

there's a chemical cocktail

composed of carbon,

hydrogen and oxygen.

Key ingredients for life.

Asteroid fragments like this one

may have provide the building blocks

for life on Earth.

Life, it evolved into dinosaurs.

But what gives life,

can also take it away.



dinosaurs in the valley

hunt and forage during the day

and sleep at night.

This giant herbivore,

an Ankylosaurus

keeps one eye open

for predators.

Under the cover of darkness,

very different creatures

emerge from their hiding places.

Like Mesodma,

a primitive mammal

about the size of a possums.

like most other mammals,

Mesodma's life

is all about being with

the dinosaurs earth.

It only comes out at night,

to forage for tasty roots and insects.

While the giants sleep,

It's the meek that

witness a cosmic event.

A meteor shower.

Each streak of light

is a tiny fragment

of the asteroid collision.

Burning up

as it entered the atmosphere.

But these are mainly outrider

of the much larger missile

hurdling through space.

An asteroid locked into

a head-on collision.

The Day of Reckoning is here.

After a journey

last in a hundred million years,

an enormous chunk of cosmic rock

is approaching

the end of the line.

And the end of the line

is Earth.

In what is today

Central Mexico,

a herd of Alamosaurus,

is wandering the plains

in search of food.

They're recent species to evolve.

And even by dinosaur standards,

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Graham Booth

Graham Harry Booth (29 March 1940 – 14 December 2011) was a British politician, and was a Member of the European Parliament for South West England between 2002 and 2008. He was a member of the UK Independence Party (UKIP). Booth was born in Paignton, Devon and educated at Torquay Boys' Grammar School. Before he entered politics, he was a businessman in the building and tourism trades. In the 1999 European Parliament elections, Booth was the number two candidate on the UKIP list for South West England. Consequently, he became an MEP in 2002 as the replacement for Michael Holmes, former party leader, when Holmes resigned from the European Parliament. Booth was re-elected in 2004 with a greatly increased vote. In the 2005 General Election he contested the Torbay constituency in Devon, and gained 7.9% of the vote. UKIP MEPs frequently claim that the European Parliament is a powerless talking shop, with real lawmaking power resting with the European Commission. However, Graham Booth is credited with having helped save the Isles of Scilly helicopter shuttle service in his constituency by means of an astute parliamentary speech in 2003. The service, which is crucial to life on the islands, had been threatened with closure by a heavy-handed interpretation of a new EU directive aimed at larger airlines. Following Booth's speech, an alliance between UKIP and the UK Labour Party MEPs persuaded the EU Transport Commissioner to amend the directive, allowing the service (and similar 'social carriers' across Europe) to continue in business. Booth retired from his role as a UKIP MEP on 1 October 2008 and was replaced by the next candidate on the list, Trevor Colman. He continued to be a keen activist in and around the bay until his death in December 2011. more…

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