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Clash of Titans
Lizard
General information
SeriesWalking with Monsters
Episode number3
Featured creaturesGorgonopsid
Scutosaurus
Rhinesuchus
Diictodon
Lystrosaurus
Proterosuchus
Euparkeria
Therocephalian
Allosaurus
Stegosaurus
Diplodocus
Brachiosaurus
Broadcast information
Original airdate5 November 2005
Chronological information
Previous episode
Reptile's Beginnings
Following episode
Trilogy of Life

Clash of Titans is the 3rd episode of Walking with Monsters.

SynopsisEdit

Late Permian (250 MYA)Edit

It's the Late Permian on the supercontinent Pangaea, which is covered by a vast and inhospitable desert. In this arid climate, early therapsids, which are described as more "mammal-like" than reptile, are shown fighting to survive. An old Scutosaurus, an ancestor of the turtle, is killed by a female Gorgonops. She then joins other members of her kind at a small waterhole but scares them off at first. Other inhabitants include Diictodon, a small burrowing dicynodont (a type of synapsid). In the pool itself is a large amphibian Rhinesuchus, which attacks the female Gorgonops in desperation, latching onto her jaw but lets go and returns to the waterhole after being intimidated by the strength of the Gorgonops. A herd of Scutosaurus arrive and eventually drink the waterhole dry. The female Gorgonops tries to nab some Diictodon but is unsuccessful. She returns to the waterhole and un-earths the Rhinesuchus wrapped in a "cocoon" which it utilized to live through the drought. Because it is in a torpid state, it is helpless and is eaten by the Gorgonops. The Gorgonops is eventually killed by a sandstorm which is a foreshadowing of the oncoming Permian-Triassic extinction event. The scene ends with a description of the evolution of the tuber-eating Diictodon into the later and much larger Lystrosaurus.

Early Triassic (248 MYA)Edit

Lystrosaurus live in the early Triassic. The world's number of Lystrosaurus is high, and the animals must migrate constantly to find plants to eat. As the Lystrosaurus herd cross a ravine, several Euchambersia attack. The program claims they may have powerful poison in its bite, helping to eventually kill the bitten Lystrosaurus. As the Lystrosaurus cross a lake, they are attacked and eaten by several starving Proterosuchus, crocodile-like reptiles. Meanwhile, dragonflies are the prey of choice of a small reptile called Euparkeria that can run and hop on its hind legs due to evolved hip structure. Euparkeria will, according to the film, evolve into dinosaurs, which will dominate the Earth, leaving the mammals trapped under the shadows of dinosaurs for the next many million years. 

CreaturesEdit

250 Million Years Ago — Late Permian — Siberia, PangaeaEdit

248 Million Years ago — Early TriassicAntarctica, PangaeaEdit

Filming Locations: La Palma, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura in the Canary IslandsEdit

BroadcastEdit

Original airdateEdit

  • 5 November 2005 21.20 BBC Three

RepeatsEdit

  • 19 December 2005 20.30 BBC One
  • 7 January 2006 20.40 BBC Three
  • 17 April 2006 20.00 BBC Three

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