Reptiles of the Skies – Walking with Dinosaurs in HQ – BBC

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The Cretaceous period saw the breaking up of the northern and southern landmasses. Flying dinosaurs like Tapejara would master the air and the new coast lines of prehistoric Earth. The largest flying dinosaur Ornithocheirus prepares for a long flight to breeding grounds.

Broadcast in 1999, Walking with Dinosaurs set out to create the most accurate portrayal of prehistoric animals ever seen on the screen. Combining fact and informed speculation with cutting-edge computer graphics and animatronics effects, the series took two years to make.

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  1. I wish they would make an updated version of Walking With Dinosaurs and even the other series that followed it. If they would, I hope they use the practical and CGI together again like they did in these.

  2. It's a shame no other Documentaries of this quality have ever been made about Dinosaurs. The CGI has aged rather poorly and it uses a lot of out dated information.. we really need a new one like this for modern times. There have been such amazing discoveries since.

  3. When this series was released in the USA Kenneth Branagh's mellifluous narration with Avery Brooks reading the same script. His voiceover was muddy and occasional mispronounced. That's our PBS for ya, PC über alles!

    I wonder why the animators decided to portray pterosaurs as naked skinned. Pterosaurs had a hair-like covering known as pycnofibers, a fact known for nearly 200 years. The hairy skin was so obvious in the specimens described by Goldfuss in 1831 that pterosaurs were sometimes reconstructed as mammals similar to bats.

  4. Guys , here's a very great fact, did you know such large Ornithocheirii actually existed ? But their are very fragmenty preserved , some scientists don't believe it . But they don't know it for sure . They're just undescribed.

  5. At 0:42, that build up is astounding. Then when the music kicks in, you really feel the awesome power and size of the Ornithocheirus… such brilliant film-making.

  6. Guys, Quetzalcoatlus was not the biggest pterosaur, it was the TALLEST pterosaur. Hatzegopteryx was heavier and had a larger wingspan. also the "Ornithocheirus" in the episode is actually the Treopegnathus, the largest pterosaur outside of the azarchid group. (where Quetz and Hatzeg are taxonomically placed.)

  7. Oh my god! I was happy that they referred the pterosaurs as "flying reptiles" but then I read the description. "Flying dinosaurs"? Really BBC? Really? Whoever writes these descriptions has to be fired.

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