The discovery of a remarkable set of dinosaur tracks in a quarry near Obernkirchen, Germany, was a huge revelation for the international palaeontology community.
Dinosaurs: On The Trail Of Prehistory follows the paleontological team who discovered it and their passionate attempts to uncover the prehistoric past of this area.
Join in, as we dig into our planet’s natural history, examine the fossil bones and the mysterious dinosaur footprints. Together, we’ll unravel the mysteries behind the North German tracks.
To the German palaeontologists, the tracks appear to originate from the birdlike predator Deinonychosaur from the Cretaceous period. A species which has never been found in Europe before.
The Cretaceous is a geologic period from 145 – 66 million years ago, it follows the Jurassic period. The cretaceous is the last period of the Mesozoic Era and ended with the mass extinction event.
During the Cretaceous, mammals were a small and still relatively minor component of the fauna. The fauna was still dominated by reptiles, especially dinosaurs, which were at their most diverse stage.
The deinonychosauria found in this documentary, had a retractable toe with a sickle claw, they walked on their hind legs and were covered in feathers.
- Release date2010
- Full runtime52 minutes
- DirectersKahler, Kristan & Schwamborn, Yvonne
- Production CompanyJava Films SARL
- Post imageDavid Krentz