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BBC Before the Dinosaurs: Walking With Monsters: Many people think of the dinosaurs as the first inhabitants of the earth, but this prequel to Walking With Dinosaurs puts viewers in the midst of a host of strange creatures that inhabited the earth millions of years before the dinosaurs ever existed. With the help of complex computer animation and the research of hundreds of paleontologists, the BBC presents an extremely realistic picture of the earth's earliest, most primitive aquatic inhabitants and chronicles their evolution to the precursors of man himself and the mighty dinosaurs. The first Walking With Monsters episode begins in the Cambrian period 530 million years ago, showcasing how a simple jellyfish-like sea creature evolved over 200 million years into new creatures with eyes and protective external and internal skeletal systems. These adaptations resulted in the world's first fish, arthropods, amphibians, and land-loving reptiles. The second episode details the giant insects of the Carboniferous period 300 million years ago and demonstrates how evolution empowered amphibians and reptiles by creating mechanisms to regulate their own body temperature and developing specialized teeth. The final episode begins in the late Permian period 250 million years ago when the earth was essentially one large desert full of volcanic activity. While much of earth's life was extinguished during this period, adaptation and evolution continued, bringing the development of a specialized hip in a tiny reptile called the Euparkeria that would prove to be the forerunner of mammals and evolve into the dinosaurs in the Triassic period. While some criticize this project as a somewhat overly dramatic presentation of speculative paleontology as fact, this program utilizes scientific inference to bring pre-history to life and highlight the amazing adaptations and evolution of the earth's earliest inhabitants. The bonus "Trilogy of Life" feature details the research, vision and hard work inherent in the creation of the Walking With Monsters, Walking With Dinosaurs and Walking With Prehistoric Beasts.

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Released: January 17, 2006
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Posted by Kallen61 1 year, 2 months ago
100% Useful

Great timeline of how we came to be. Excellent resource of timelines in anthropology.

Posted by painteddog 2 years, 2 months ago
76% Useful

Fantasy unlimited. I just wasted my time with it.

Posted by patymatandala 2 years, 6 months ago
76% Useful

i do not believe what i have just seen in this documentary .. imagination of crazy people

Posted by Kyoko16 2 years, 9 months ago
73% Useful

XD what a load of rubbish! The world, is not millions of years old.

Posted by sarrolsanjeewa 2 years, 8 months ago
50% Useful

this is Very Good one every one must watch this.really Great one.

Posted by daisyduke 2 years, 9 months ago
45% Useful

This was every bit as good as Walking with Dinosaurs. It was entertaining enough to grab and hold even those not generally interested in the prehistoric eras.

Posted by SamanthNRy 1 year, 11 months ago
44% Useful

I watch this to fall asleep every night. It's my favorite ever I think..

Posted by sweatyshivers 2 years, 3 months ago
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I wonder what's going to replace us? Have to come back in 100,000,000 years and catch another documentary I guess.

Posted by Speedbraker87 2 years, 8 months ago
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very very interesting its not about dinos...its about the creatures which lived long before dinosaurs.

Posted by Snoopy129 2 years, 9 months ago
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AMAZING! BEST DOCUMENTARY EVER! 10/10

Posted by kimathim 2 years, 9 months ago
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Excellent documentary, and the cgi is impressive in parts. The narration is very good and very humorous at times, yet it's fascinating to know what happened during the Cambrian and until the Permian period. I would've never known how huge this period must've been and the many, many transformations animals have gone through if this documentary is fairly correct (and if not, it makes for an excellent tale regardless). Excellent documentary though and I look forward to seeing more on this Paleozoic period prior to the Mesozoic era.

Posted by truck59 2 years, 9 months ago
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Good Doc never knew...

Posted by paulzpc 2 years, 9 months ago
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well done Documentary 5/5

Posted by nadjib 2 years, 8 months ago
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amazing but ....only 3/10 true

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