Mapusaurus is the largest theropod

The dinosaur planet (1/3)

The opening of China, the exploration of the Arctic and Antarctic and the surveying of the Sahara have brought to light astonishing finds: from herbivorous giants that grew over 30 meters high to colorful, feathered, aggressive giant birds.

These discoveries met a new, interdisciplinary perspective of paleontology: Today, the prehistoric researchers work hand in hand with biologists, zoologists, physicists, geologists, physicians, historians and climate researchers and shed light on the time of the dinosaurs, the most successful creatures on the planet to date.

In "The Dino-Planet" the fascinatingly colored plumage of the dinosaurs is reconstructed for the first time. Comparisons of fossilized dinosaur skin pieces with the color pigments and structures of our birds living today make it possible. In short, the Middle Ages presented itself as an immensely vital, species-rich and colorful universe.

This episode of the three part visits the dinosaur planet 95 million years ago during the Middle Cretaceous. Back then, Africa's largest land predator was up to mischief: Spinosaurus, the thorn lizard. With monumental teeth, razor-sharp claws and a striking back sail, the 17-meter-long eleven-ton truck is a real dragon from the storybook of evolution. The swamp dweller lives on rivers and catches huge sawfish. With pressure receptors at the tip of its long mouth, it tracks down the fish. All he has to do is watch out for the twelve-meter-long mega-crocodile Sarcosuchus.

Carcharodontosaurus hunts in drier areas at this time.
The teeth are razor-sharp and resemble shark teeth. One of his favorite prey is Ouranosaurus, a herbivore weighing over two tons and seven meters long. But when the North African swamps dry up, Spinosaurus appears in the area and fights for life and death with Carcharodontosaurus. However, the shark-tooth lizards have also specialized in the hunt for the huge Paralititan, a 70-ton, 30-meter-long herbivore that they hunt in packs. Here they are without competition.

A similar colossus also lived in South America during the Cretaceous period: Argentinosaurus,
that with a length of at least 35 meters and a weight of
75 tons, the most powerful land animal to date. Its footsteps are so deep that smaller reptiles and mammals perish in them in rows. But even this giant is not sure of his life. Even the little ones are barely hatched from the eggs, devoured in large numbers by the scorpiovenator, a two-legged predatory dinosaur. The adults have to fight back against the super killer Mapusaurus in dramatic fights - not always with success.

On the basis of paleontological evidence, "Battle of the Giants" describes
the mutual "upgrading" of herbivores and carnivores on the dinosaur planet. Every vegetarian, no matter how huge, was then kept in check by a corresponding carnivore. When the herbivores disappeared, the predators died out too. The battle of the giants ended without a winner - gripping stories, fully animated and all scientifically substantiated.