Looking Back at Planet Dinosaur

Explaining why we think Spinosaurus hunted in water. Credit: BBC

I’ve been re-watching the BBC’s recent series ‘Planet Dinosaur‘. It’s basically a new, modern version of Walking with Dinosaurs. The thing to note is is that they are actually completely different. Walking with Dinosaurs told us what the dinosaurs did, how they lived and so on. Planet Dinosaur does the same but with one important additional feature. They provide the evidence. Parts of each episode swipe away to look at the fossils, so we can see what kind of predator attacked this type of herbivore because of the bite marks left behind, and similar things along these lines.

Explaining the Predator/Prey Relationship. Credit: BBC

In one episode they even manage to get the complex analysis of oxygen isotope data across to show you that a land based predator hunted in the water. Impressive stuff, the graphics are pretty immense too. It’s also narrated by John Hurt, who narrated Human Planet.

So once again, well done to the BBC, a truly corking job.
The series is available on iTunes too at the moment for only £7.99

Planet Dinosaur

Just a quick post about a new upcoming BBC TV series. Planet Dinosaur is all about, well, Dinosaurs. We’ve all seen Walking with Dinosaurs (1999 – Yes, it really was that long ago), or so I hope, but there have been multitudes of new discoveries over the past 12 years by paleontologists. This series will be bring us up to date, all with some pretty outstanding graphics.

The series starts this Wednesday (14/9) at 20:30 on BBC1. Yes BBC1, it’s great to have this kind of science on at prime time on BBC1. Whilst it may look that it’s mainly aimed at kids I’m pretty sure lots of older people are going to find it pretty interesting too.

For more information check out the series’ website here and check out the launch trailer below.