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Jurassic Fight Club
Format documentary
Narrated by Erik Thompson
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12
Broadcast
Original channel History
Original run July 29, 2008 – October 22, 2008
External links
Official website

Jurassic Fight Club is a paleontology-based television series on History which premiered in the USA in July 2008. For its later UK broadcast it was "re-versioned" and is known as "Dinosaur Secrets".

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Summary

Scientists study the battles of prehistoric creatures, such as dinosaurs, before they went extinct.

Each episode features a forensic-styled breakdown of a prehistoric battle. Based on fossil evidence and paleontologist analysis, a CGI rendering of the battle, based on the evidence and the imagination of George Blasing (the show's "host") is the final act of each episode.

Featured animals

         

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Episodes

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Season 1

Episode Title Synopsis Outcome Winner
1 Cannibal Dinosaur Cannibalism is featured during the battle between a male and female Majungasaurus while the female tries to protect her offspring. The male Majungasaurus was looking for a mate when he sees a female Majungasaurus who isn't in the mood for mating. She was surrounded by lush vegetation while the male tries a reproductive dance first but the female does not respond, and is very hostile. Confused, the male then sees that the female already has a baby, leading him to become from reproductive to aggressive, intent on killing the baby so he can mate with the female. They fight as the female rams the male but the male being larger shakes it off quickly. Then the female uses her tail to whip the male. But then the female trips on a log, leaving her out of the way as the male Majungasaurus grabs the baby, crushes it in his jaws and slams it against a tree, killing it. Realizing that she's been tricked, the female Majungasaurus rises from the bushes, charges and bites the male on the neck, causing him to drop the baby. He falls to the ground and is paralyzed. The female now eats the dead baby and then has the male as a main course (while he is still alive). Female Majungasaurus
2 T-rex Hunter The history of a conflict made by a Tyrannosaurus rex family against a Nanotyrannus begins. Tyrannosaurus rex parents go on a hunt and leave their young unattended. They use scent marks to keep intruders out of the nesting area. But a Nanotyrannus uses the scent marks as a homing device and rushes in. He then terrorizes the adults' offspring in order to eliminate the future competition (as Tyrannosaurus grow up to be more than three times the size of Nanotyrannus). After set of mock lunges, he grabs one of the youngsters and throws it on the forest floor. He goes after the second who cries for help but then the other juvenile T. rex bites Nanotyrannus on the leg. The enemy grabs the juvenile on the neck and kills it quickly by stomping on its head. He then attacks the remaining juvenile, slamming it to the ground where it cries for help again. But before Nanotyrannus can kill the juvenile, the mother T. rex arrives from her hunt, and puts herself between her offspring and the Nanotryannus. Instead of just turning and running, Nanotyrannus attempts to run past the larger, fiercer mother and use his elongated snout to grab the other juvenile, shake it around, kill it and retreat. Unfortunately, the mother is fast enough to catch the attacker and knocks him off with a headbutt, then grabs Nanotyrannus in her jaws and crushes him. Then she drops the body on the ground, tears the corpse apart and uses him as a message to other Nanotyrannus around before she can come to her remaining offspring. Tyrannosaurus
3 Gang Killers A gruesome conflict between a pack of Deinonychus and a Tenontosaurus ensues. The Deinonychus pack manages to separate a weak Tenontosaurus individual from a herd, and attack it, but one is killed when it is struck by the ornithopod's whip-like tail. The Deinonychus regroup and resort to hitting-and-running, but the Tenontosaurus skin is too thick for this technique to do much damage. The pack then launch a full-fledged attack -- only for one pack member to be crushed under the herbivore's massive weight and the pack is forced to retreat. However, the herbivore is heavily wounded, and goes into a thicket of brush to hide. A thunderstorm brews and the Deinonychus attack the Tenontosaurus in the darkness of the storm. Although unable to see, the Tenontosaurus manages to kill four more pack members, slamming one against a rock, in desperation before dying itself. Only three Deinonychus survive, and a brief face-biting pecking order ensues before the smaller pack begins to eat. Deinonychus
4 Bloodiest Battle The bones of an Allosaurus pack, a Stegosaurus family, a Ceratosaurus and a Camarasaurus leads to the story of an all-out battle between these animals. When a female Stegosaurus and her young get stuck in mud on a dried lake, a Ceratosaurus approaches, and starts to tear into the body of the younger one, eating it alive. The trapped mother Stegosaurus is helpless and unable to defend her offspring. The Ceratosaurus is also about to finish off the mother as well, but three nearby Allosaurus are attracted by the smell of blood. They also pick up the scent of their rival, but not only is each of the Allosaurus lager than the Ceratosaurus, they also outnumber it. With only one enemy to contend with, one of the Allosaurus break off from the rest of its group in order to flank it, while the other two move toward the Ceratosaurus to face it head-on to challenge it and make it move back and more out in the open for an ambush. This ploy proves to be a successful one, as the Ceratosaurus is indeed pushed back, and even though the outnumbered rival still attempts to defend its kill from the two Allosaurus by baring its massive teeth at them in warning, the third Allosaurus comes out from hiding, charging into the unsuspecting enemy at full force. The stunned Ceratosaurus is knocked to the ground and the Allosaurus then quickly kills the downed rival. The three Allosaurus then proceed to attack the Stegosaurus, but since one of the Allosaurus had inadvertently shifted the weight of the Stegosaurus mother in the mud by standing on top of it during their confrontation with the Ceratosaurus, it is now able to free her spiked tail from the mud and manages to kill one of the Allosaurus with a direct hit to its throat. Just then, three Camarasaurus appear and the alpha male of the group comes down to the water's edge and gets his front legs stuck in the mud. The two remaining Allosaurus then leave the Stegosaurus to attack the Camarasaurus. Two of the Camarasaurus retreat from the area, leaving the trapped alpha male behind. Though the Camarasaurus suffers numerous cuts from the ensuing attack by the two Allosaurus, who use their large claws to slash at the sauropod's flanks as they pounce on it, the Camarasaurus uses his tail to kill one of the attacking Allosaurs the Camarasarus driving its own humorous deep into its chest, along with braking several other bones, when it tried to attack his back leg, freeing his front legs in the process. The final Allosaurus charges, but this drives it right under the foot of the sauropod who uses it to crush the head of and kill the final Allosaurus. The Camarasaurus, as well as the adult Stegosaurus, eventually die from starvation due to being stuck. None [2]
5 Deep Sea Killers The struggle of two apex predators: Megalodon and Brygmophyseter fight for the supremacy in the coastal waters near Japan. In the dark pacific waters at the North of Japan, Megalodon, a super-predator, is on the hunt. It detects the presence of a large whale through its advanced sensory systems. The potential prey is a large toothed whale, Brygmophyseter (also termed as the biting sperm whale), which has ventured away from its Pod. The Megalodon ambushes the biting sperm whale and tears through its propulsion systems (i.e. pectoral fins and tail). The badly wounded biting Sperm whale is unable to swim and she sends out a distress call to its Pod for help, which is also engaged in hunting activities nearby. A large Bull biting sperm whale picks up the distress signal and leads the Pod to the point of its origination. When the Pod members approach their wounded companion, it becomes clear that the Megalodon is the culprit. The enraged Pod commences its attack on the Megalodon in an attempt to drive it away from the wounded member. Knowing that it would be very risky to take on all the whales simultaneously, the giant shark tries to escape by going deeper into the water. However, the whales have a secret weapon; They narrow their sonar beams on the shark, disrupting its sensory organs in the process, and the shark gets stunned for a brief period. Taking advantage of the vulnerable position of the adversary, the whales ram the stunned shark, and later on bite it repeatedly, inflicting as much injuries as possible in the process. However, the giant shark is very powerful and cannot be easily subdued. It manages to slip away after the effect of sonar wears off, and the whales stop chasing it further because they cannot afford to stay at great depths for long periods due to being surface breathers, and the shark is now at a considerable distance from the wounded companion. The biting sperm whales try to help their wounded companion but it is already too late. They take a last look at their injured companion, sing a death song, and leave. As the path is cleared, the determined Megalodon comes back to enjoy its meal (the dead whale). Megalodon
6 Hunter Becomes Hunted Paleontologists show the battle between an Allosaurus defending its territory, and an intruding pair of Ceratosaurus fighting for it. Harsh conditions force a mated pair of Ceratosaurus to venture into new territory to find suitable hunting grounds. The male Ceratosaurus chases its prey[3], leading it to the hidden female for an ambush. This territory however, belongs to an Allosaurus, who quietly stalks the intruding female. The Allosaurus strikes, ambushing the female Ceratosaurus, breaking her neck in its jaws, killing her instantly. Unaware that she is dead, her mate continues with the hunt, but he finds the bellowing Allosaurus instead. The Allosaurus roars out in warning to the male Ceratosaurus to defend its territory. The smaller hunter stands its ground, so the enemy charges forward, snapping its jaws inches from the intruder's face. The Ceratosaurus, outclassed by its larger enemy, runs into the trees and manages to dodge the larger rival's attacks and both of them make several lunges at each other, with none of them connecting. Eventually the Ceratosaurus manages to use the claws on its forelimbs to slash the face of the surprised Allosaurus, temporally disorienting it, jumps onto its enemy's back and sinks its massive teeth into the back of his rival's neck. But the Allosaurus manages to shake the Ceratosaurus off, and bites deep into its shoulder before it can be back up. The Ceratosaurus struggles, but is unable to free itself from the jaws of the Allosaurus, who breaks his spine. The Allosaurus then tosses the Ceratosaurus into a tree. Once the mortally wounded intruder is on the ground, the Allosaurus uses the claws on its feet to cut its body open. Towering over its fallen rival, the triumphant Allosaurus roars in victory as it regains its territory. Allosaurus [4]
7 Biggest Killers Scientists compare Allosaurus, Utahraptor, Majungasaurus, Albertosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex to find out which was the most dangerous. None since the episode centered around the predators' strengths. It is implied, however, that the largest killer was mother nature itself, for each of the predators featured went extinct when the climate changed. No victor the episode centered around the predators' strengths
8 Raptor's Last Stand Scientists show the battle between a Utahraptor and a Gastonia during a drought. A Gastonia searches for water in a drought of the middle Cretaceous. Pterosaurs on its back act as lookouts. But Utahraptor is also searching for sustenance, his eyesight is just as good as the pterosaur’s. While Gastonia's vision isn't so good its sense of smell is every bit as good as the Raptor's. Gastonia's pterosaurs and sense of smell pick up the approaching Raptor. Gastonia's sentries fly off at the sight of the Raptor. As the Gastonia had been alerted to the Raptor's presence, the Raptor's hope of ambushing it is crushed. Gastonia shifts sideways towards the attacker, but Utahraptor jumps over the Gastonia, lands on the other side, and slashes the Gastonia's soft under belly with his killing claw. The Raptor jumps again but the Gastonia didn't fall for the same trick again and shifts sideways and cuts the Utahraptor. The Raptor falls down and the Gastonia continues his search for water. But then the Raptor gets up and bites the Gastonia on the front leg. The Gastonia screams in pain and tries to shift sideways on only three legs. After that it's the moment they were both waiting for: the Raptor only has to make the same wound on the back leg, but the Gastonia manages to catch the Raptor's leg in its pair of prehistoric scissors (on its tail), delivering an excruciating injury. The Raptor manages to get free and moves back, but Gastonia then delivers a number of repeated cuts to the side of the raptor, after which it limps backwards a couple of steps, then falls down and the Gastonia digs more in search of water. But despite the carnage neither Utahraptor or Gastonia died in battle-they were killed by the ongoing drought at the time. Gastonia [5]
9 Ice Age Monsters The Arctodus and American Lion face-off in the ice age of North America. An Arctodus and American Lion fight over a kill made by the lion. The fight is not only for food, but to eliminate competition for already scarce resources, due to warming climate conditions. The Arctodus rears to scare off the lion, only to be knocked down. The lion locks its jaws on its enemy's back as the bear gets to its feet, but the Arctodus' fur and fat are too thick for the lion to cause enough damage. After shaking off the feline, the Arctodus retaliates by smashing its paw into the lion's skull then biting its underbelly, disabling the lion temporarily. The Arctodus starts to feed on the bison carcass, but the lion recovers and launches a surprise attack. It attempts to bite the windpipe of the Arctodus, but the bear's powerful paws hold off the lion and throw it away. After a few more rounds of battle, the lion finally manages to lock its jaws on the throat. However, the Arctodus rears up before the American Lion can kill it and throws the lion into the Natural Trap Cave (in Wyoming), where it dies from the fall. Arctodus
10 River Of Death Skeletons of a Pachyrhinosaurus herd found near a river lead scientists to discover a battle between them and a pack of Albertosaurus. The pack of Albertosaurus charge at the herd of Pachyrhinosaurus. The herd stampedes towards a raging river bed and the predators corner the prey, although one breaks free. One of the Albertosaurus chases it into a clearing, and it attempts to kill the Pachyrhinosaurus, however the Pachyrhinosaurus gores the enemy in the leg, enraging it. The Albertosaurus then bites down on to its neck and flips the herbivore over and tears at its underbelly. Back at the river, the other Albertosaurus is backing the Pachyrhinosaurus herd into the river. In their panic, they drown and the Albertosaurus finds the carcasses further down river. Albertosaurus
11 Raptors vs. T-rex An Edmontosaurus is attacked by a pack of Dromaeosaurus in a valley while facing against a Tyrannosaurus rex. A lonely Edmontosaurus looks for a herd to live in but instead wanders into the territory of a pack of Dromaeosaurus. The faster, smarter and deadly carnivores attack the duck-billed dinosaur and manage to bring it down, though one or two of the pack members are killed by the herbivore in the process as well. Then a Tyrannosaurus rex, attracted by all the noises, comes over and steals the dead Edmontosaurus, leaving the Dromaeosaurus pack with just the tail, which it bit off to make the corpse lighter. Dromaeosaurus and Tyrannosaurus
12 Armageddon Scientists explain the extinction of the dinosaurs. 65 million years ago, a gigantic asteroid crashes in the coast of Yucatan, Mexico. It leaves a gigantic crater and it creates a meteor shower in the process while it also makes a cloud of deadly gas spreading throughout the land. Most of the dinosaurs (usually including Tyrannosaurus rex, Majungasaurus, Albertosaurus, Nanotyrannus, Dromaeosaurus, Edmontosaurus, and Pachyrhinosaurus) had seen the impact and they attempt to run for cover, though some of them died in the series of meteors and the clouds. Soon, the dinosaurs are now extinct as a Tyrannosaurus collapses to the ground, dead, but then, this may be the time where humans and other animals replace the dinosaurs as the dominant species of Earth itself. Extinction

Inaccuracies

  • At the time of production, Majungatholus was the recognized name for the carnivorous dinosaur from Madagascar, but by the time of broadcast, that name had been determined to be a junior synonym of Majungasaurus
  • The juvenile Tyrannosaurus in the series were portrayed as sized down adults, when they actually would have looked similar to Nanotyrannus at that point in their lives.
  • The Majungasaurus depicted in Cannibal Dinosaur showed an extremely bird like personality despite the depiction that more bird like dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus and Allosaurus did not have that personality in the documentary.
  • The name of Nanotyrannus is constantly misspelled as "Nanotyrannosaurus".
  • Relatives of Utahraptor, Dromaeosaurus, and Deinonychus are known to be covered in feathers, like birds; therefore, it is likely that these three would be as well. However, the versions of these creatures shown are covered in lizard-like scales, albeit with what might be feathers on the back of the neck on Utahraptor and Dromaeosaurus.
  • The unidentified pterosaurs seen on the back of the Gastonia in Raptor's Last Stand were actually scaled down models of Quetzalcoatlus. However, this episode takes place in the Early Cretaceous, where azdarchid pterosaurs are unknown.
  • The Pachyrhinosaurus in the series is portrayed with a rhinoceros-like horn on its head, though the fossil evidence actually leans towards the structure on its head being a large, bony lump.
  • When the professionals say that Albertosaurus died out around 66 million years ago, 55 MYA is written onto the screen.
  • In the episode "Raptor vs T. rex," it is stated that Tyrannosaurus "stormed onto planet Earth 90 million years ago, and ruled for the next 25 million years," when in fact the oldest T. rex fossils date to 68.5 million years ago, and it became extinct along with all other dinosaurs 65.5 million years ago.
  • Paleontologists now suggest that young T. rexes had narrow skulls and as they grew older their skulls become deep, but in the show, young Tyrannosaurus had deep skulls just like the adults.

"Dinosaur Secrets"

In the United Kingdom the series was "re-versioned" and retitled "Dinosaur Secrets". Though the on-screen and contributor content remains unchanged, some changes were made to the voiceover script, either for stylistic reasons or for the purposes of changing US measurements to metric (though the original quantities in pounds and tons, and measurements in feet and inches, remain on-screen). In addition, the original American narration by voice actor Erik Thompson was replaced by British voiceover artist Mike Cooper[6].

DVD

Jurassic Fight Club Season 1 DVD has been released on January 20, 2009. It contains all 12 episodes from Season 1 plus additional bonus footage.

  • Disc 1: Cannibal Dinosaur, T-Rex Hunter, Gang Killers, plus Bonus : Additional Footage
  • Disc 2: Bloodiest Battle, Deep Sea Killers, Hunter Becomes Hunted
  • Disc 3: Biggest Killers, Raptor's Last Stand, Ice Age Monsters
  • Disc 4: River Of Death, Raptor vs. T-Rex, Armageddon

"Turf Wars"

The Jurassic Fight Club game, Turf Wars, can be found on history.com. No purchase or download is needed.

Playing as one out of six dinosaurs, you use your skills to defeat the other five. There are cheat codes that can make you invincible, access special attacks, etc.

The following dinosaurs are featured in battle order with status:

Dinosaur Offense Defense Speed
Female Majungasaurus 4 7 8
Male Majungasaurus 5 8 4
Tyrannosaurus 10 9 8
Stegosaurus 9 10 4
Utahraptor 10 8 6
Pachyrhinosaurus 8 8 8

Notes

  1. ^ This series features the first on-screen appearances of Majungasaurus, Nanotyrannus, Tenontosaurus, Brygmophyseter, and Gastonia.
  2. ^ All died either from the fight or being stuck in mud
  3. ^ The small prey that the pair of Ceratosaurus were hunting in Hunter Becomes Hunted was actually the Deinonychus model scaled down to represent an unidentified small sprinting dinosaur, always appearing just off screen with usually just the tail briefly visible.
  4. ^ The skeleton of the Allosaurus was shown to be not far from that of the Ceratosaurus, making it apparent that not long after the Ceratosaurus was finished off, the Allosaurus had died from blood loss as a result of the deep wounds in its neck inflicted by the Ceratosaurus during the battle.
  5. ^ Both died from drought
  6. ^ "Dinosaur Secrets Narrator Mike Cooper Shares Jurassic Experiences in Narration". http://blogs.voices.com/voxdaily/2009/01/dinosaur_secrets_narrator_mike_cooper.html.  

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