Walking with Beasts

Season 1 Episode 4

Next of Kin

Aired Daily 8:00 PM Dec 06, 2001 on BBC
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By 300 million years ago (the Carboniferous period), the plants had finally got a grip on the Earth's soil. This was the age of the coal-forests, a bizarre world of dense, impenetrable swamps filled with club-mosses and tree-ferns. Although amphibians were making inroads along the rivers, the main forests were ruled by the insects and they grew enormous with their success. Three-foot-long dragonflies battled with two-foot-wide spiders, but the most deadly of all was Arthropleura, an animal that looked like a ten-foot-long woodlouse but which hunted like a deadly anaconda. In this terrifying world, the first reptiles, such as Petrolacosaurus, fought to save their eggs. At the end of our visit to the coal forests, we watch as Petrolacosaurus transforms into the gigantic and terrifying carnivorous reptile Dimetrodon.moreless

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