Tyrannosaurus rex the young men paddle through the shallow waters of the ocean near a sandy shore, their powerful legs working hard to compensate for their disproportionately tiny arms. Long-necked sauropods nest their heads together in affectionate mating displays. And packs of duck-billed dinosaurs kick up clouds of dust as they migrate across vast deserts. These and other scenes from official trailer for “Prehistoric Planet,” a new documentary series on Apple TV+, offers a glimpse into dinosaurs and their Cretaceous neighbors in the same way that a nature documentary would present dramatic moments in the lives of modern animals.
Released on April 20, the trailer showcases stunning footage from around the world, combined with incredibly realistic computer-generated imagery, to bring a variety of Cretaceous creatures back to life – and challenge what viewers thought they knew about these animals. that once dominated ecosystems. on each continent.
The new five-part series introduces habits, lifestyles and behaviors of long-extinct species and shows how dinosaurs that lived millions of years ago interacted, representatives of Apple TV+ said in a statement.
From scenes that unfold beneath the ocean’s surface to brutal battles across icy plateaus, the trailer introduces diverse habitats and offers a new perspective on a variety of dinosaurs, from the famous Triceratops for the less familiar, heavily armored and tank-like nodosaur.
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Renowned nature documentary presenter Sir David Attenborough narrates the series, and the trailer hints at untold stories about thrilling mating competitions between colossal sauropods; clashes between theropod predators and Triceratops prey; and the nesting habits of the cliff dwellers pterosaurs. (Pterosaurs were flying archosaurs, not dinosaurs, but they lived alongside dinosaurs during the Jurassic, Triassic, and Cretaceous periods.)
Recent discoveries in paleontology have informed how dinosaurs and other Cretaceous animals from the “Prehistoric Planet” looked, moved and behaved, according to Apple TV+. Viewers will meet two relatively recently discovered species of Tyrannosaurus: Qianzhousaurus rex from eastern China, described in 2014 in the magazine Nature Communicationsand the diminutive nanuqsaurus – whose name means “polar bear lizard”, taken from the Alaskan Inupiat word “Nanuq” – which was also described in 2014, in the magazine PLOS One.
Qianzhousaurus was a little smaller and slimmer than T. rex, Live Science reported in 2014. It had a long snout, which led scientists to give it the nickname “Pinocchio rex”.
Other known dinosaurs such as velociraptor, have already appeared in popular movies wearing scaly, lizard-like skin, but in the trailer for “Prehistoric Planet,” these dinosaurs are covered in feathers, reflecting recent discoveries about how feathers appeared commonly in the theropod lineage. In one of the trailer’s most dramatic images, an extreme close-up of a velociraptor Enormous claws suggest other adaptations that contributed to this dinosaur’s reputation as a deadly predator.
We’ll be bringing you more sneak peeks of this series in the coming weeks, check back here on Live Science for more theropod teasers and sauropod surprises!
“Prehistoric Planet” premieres on May 23 in Apple TV+.
Originally published on Live Science.