New York, June 23, 2008 – A dinosaurâ€™s life was not easy. Volatile pre-historic terrain, harsh climate conditions, insufficient food and water, as well as unrelenting enemy predators made survival anything but a given. With cutting edge forensics leading to new discoveries every day, researchers are gaining remarkable insight into the psychology and physiology of these ancient beasts. The new series JURASSIC FIGHT CLUB, premiering on Historyâ„¢, Tuesday, July 29 at 9pm ET/PT, brings the history of dinosaurs and their epic encounters to life like never before seen with astonishing CGI, illustrating the characteristics that made some the hunters and others the game.
The latest tested evidence suggests that our planetâ€™s first fighters were more than just brutes. CAT scans of fossils allow us to peer inside the bodies and minds of dinosaurs giving clues to their behavior, thought process, ability to strategize and work in groups, as well as their vision. It is even believed that Raptors possessed night vision.
How dinosaurs lived and how they fought has never been clearer. Leading scientists and experts, offer play-by-play commentary to battles that occurred 70 million years ago and CGI imagery depicts the ancient beasts sizing up their opponents and flexing their prehistoric muscles. Jurassic Fight Club illustrates in fantastic detail the crucial evidence found and the scientific research conducted, illuminating the possible motivations for engaging in combat.
Each episode showcases thrilling dinosaur confrontations, all of which are based on recent paleontological findings. There is a potential mating situation between two Majungatholous that went awry; a gang of Raptors that stalked and killed a large herbivore; a pair of Ceratosaurus who ambushed a Allosaurus but soon discovered they were on the defense; a Nanotyrannus, a mini-version of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, invaded a nesting area where two juveniles had been left on their own while their parents were on the trail for fresh meat; and more.
Upcoming episodes of Jurassic Fight Club:
JURASSIC FIGHT CLUB: CANNIBAL DINOSAUR (Tuesday, July 29 at 9pm ET/PT) â€“Majungatholus versus Majungatholus. Scientists uncover the first authentic case of dinosaur cannibalism. Paleontologists look deep into the brain cavity to give science new insight into their behavior, then by studying the behaviors of modern animals, experts recreate a scenario of what occurred when a male Majungatholus went in search of a mate, but found a non-receptive female who was more interested in protecting her young, than mating.
JURASSIC FIGHT CLUB: T-REX HUNTER (Tuesday, August 5 at 9pm ET/PT) –
Tyrannosaurus Rex was the most feared predator on earth, but to one particular dinosaur, he was prey. A discovery in Montana reveals the broken and fractured bones of a juvenile T-Rex, and the teeth of its attacker. Experts measuring the size and shape of the teeth are able to identify the attacker as Nanotyrannus. As more bones emerged, paleontologists get an unprecedented look into 65 million year old battle and help answer questions about the origin of Nanotyrannus, the â€œTiny Tyrantâ€?.
JURASSIC FIGHT CLUB: GANG KILLERS (Tuesday, August 12 at 9pm ET/PT) â€“ The bird-like predator Deinonychus takes on the large plant-eating dinosaur called Tenontosaurus. Scientists give a never before seen look into how these animals moved, fought and behaved and recreate what happened when a pack of deadly raptors took on an adversary more than twice their own size.
JURASSIC FIGHT CLUB: BLOODIEST BATTLE (Tuesday, August 19 at 9pm ET/PT) â€“ Allosaurus and Ceratosaurus go at each other at a prehistoric watering hole that became the scene of one of the bloodiest battles in paleo- history. Scientists uncover more than 15,000 bones and discover where multiple dinosaur species fought to the death under the intense heat of a Jurassic drought.
JURASSIC FIGHT CLUB: ICE AGED MONSTERS (Tuesday, August 26 at 9pm ET/PT) – The Mega-Lion, a 750 pound giant cousin of modern lions goes head to head with the Short -Faced Bear, an 11 Â½ foot tall terror equipped with huge claws and muscles. Using a detailed study of the skeletal design of each combatant, and applying modern bear and lion behaviors, for the first time ever experts recreate a blow by blow account of how these two ice aged monsters fought to the death.
JURASSIC FIGHT CLUB: HUNTER BECOMES HUNTED (Tuesday, September 2 at 9pm ET/PT) – Allosaurus and Ceratosaurus face off. Scientists reconstruct a battle that took place between the two predators, in a fight for dominance when the hunter becomes the hunted.
JURASSIC FIGHT CLUB: DEEP SEA KILLERS (Tuesday, September 9 at 9pm ET/PT) – Megalodon, a 50 foot long cousin of the modern Great White Shark battles Brygmophyseter, the â€œbiting sperm whaleâ€?, an enormous creature equipped with 44 teeth that equaled those of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
JURASSIC FIGHT CLUB: LARGEST KILLERS (Tuesday, September 16 at 9pm ET/PT) – Millions of years of evolution have created some of the most terrifying and monstrous dinosaurs ever imagined. Now, we get a firsthand look at some of the most deadly dinosaurs. From the man-sized Utahraptor, to the gigantic Tyrannosaurus Rex; weâ€™ll focus on their sizes, weaponry and behaviors, ultimately revealing the one killer who is responsible for more deaths than all other predators combined.
JURASSIC FIGHT CLUB: RAPTORS LAST STAND (Tuesday, September 30 at 9pm ET/PT) â€“ Gastonia, covered in armor and spikes and built like a prehistoric tank, challenges the largest member of the raptor family ever discovered â€“ Utahraptor. Using the latest in dinosaur technology and painstaking reconstructions of skeletal designs, experts are able to reconstruct the lives of these two ancient rivals and recreate a confrontation featuring power, stealth and secret weapons on an ancient battlefield over 120 million years ago.
JURASSIC FIGHT CLUB: RIVER OF DEATH (Tuesday, October 7 at 9pm ET/PT) – A herd of plant-eating Pachyrhinosaurus are attacked by a pair of deadly Albertosaurus. With their backs against a flooding river, the herd must stand its ground, but when one of the members makes a break for freedom, it puts the entire herd at risk. Itâ€™s brains versus brawn on a prehistoric battleground in ancient Canada, where the power of nature is more than a match for all.
JURASSIC FIGHT CLUB: RAPTOR VS. T-REX (Tuesday, October 21 at 9pm ET/PT) – Duckbilled dinosaur Edmontosaurus battles a pack of Dromaeosaurus, deadly members of the raptor family. Using their large brains, the raptors drive the Edmontosaurus into the perfect death trap. Once he enters the valley, there will be no escape. But the raptors cannot lay claim to this death trap. It is patrolled by a predator that is unequalled in the dinosaur kingdom, the T-Rex.
JURASSIC FIGHT CLUB: ARMAGEDDON (Tuesday, October 28 at 9pm ET/PT) -65 million years ago, dinosaurs along with millions of other life forms are wiped from planet earth in a massive single event. Experts from a variety of scientific backgrounds are brought together to review the evidence and help explain the events that caused this mass extinction. What they would discover is that an asteroid the size of Mt. Everett (Everest?) slammed into the earth near South America. Reviewing worldwide evidence, and using the latest in modern scientific technology, experts reconstruct their last moments on earth and recreate the day that earth faced an unimaginable assault from space.
JURASSIC FIGHT CLUB Executive Producer for History is Dolores Gavin, and is produced for History by 1080 Inc. Productions.
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