This National Geographic video follows the life of an extinct Dolichorhynchops, a dolphin-sized short-necked plesiosaur from the late Cretaceous. This animal lived in the amazingly diverse inland sea which was centered in Kansas during that time period. The presentation switched back and forth between fossil hunters and recreations of the "dolly's" life. In that life, the dolly encounters a number of other ocean creatures including a shark which wounds it and a long necked Styxosaurus. The film makers also pay strong attention to the Tylosaurs which were at the top of the food chain. Most interesting to me is the fossil of a "fish within a fish" whereby a 13 foot Xiphactinus swallowed a smaller (6 foot) Gillicus fish and then seems to have died from damage inflicted on its internal organs. What an incredible glutton, and yes I double checked the length of the two fish. The fossil of these intertwined fish is currently on display at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History in...
I normally do not post reviews but in this case I felt compelled to. The folks that I purchased this DVD from have been great; they exchanged the defective DVD with another defective DVD (both were new and factory sealed). Both had blank or bad spots in the same places, therefore I have come to the conclusion that this is just a bad reproduction. The move is not all that good and the animation parts are where most of the defects are located. Save your money and purchase a better "prehistoric monster" move such as "the walking with" series.
This is a favorite film I have given as a gift many times. It is exciting, real, and presented im a rather unique, true life tale. Depicts in a realistic way the lives of these prehistoric sea monsters in all its awe and wonder but at the same time endears these creatures to your heart. Makes their lives so real they become a part of your own. The impact of this film has brought me to tears; the wonder and greatness of this world that we share. Especially excellent for children because of the way its presented. And they will enjoy the unique aspects that will appeal especially to them. Beautifully and creatively done.
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