Today on Far Future Horizons we present the sixth and final episode of Prehistoric Park, featuring British wildlife presenter Nigel Marven, throwing himself into the ultimate challenge: of going back in time to rescue prehistoric animals from extinction and bringing them back to the ultimate wildlife sanctuary.
In this final instalment of Prehistoric Park Nigel seeks to capture a Crocodile so huge that it was large enough to hunt Dinosaurs.
Texas, 75 million years ago, Cretaceous
Genera encountered: Parasaurolophus, Albertosaurus, Nyctosaurus, Deinosuchus, Troodon.
In the park, near the Time Portal site there is a crocodile enclosure. There is a suspension bridge across it (the simple sort where the footway follows the catenary); Bob walks across it to feed the Nile crocodiles in the lake. Nigel plans to add a Deinosuchus, an ancient species of giant crocodilian (more closely related to alligators than crocodiles) which weighs up to 9 tons, to the park. Bob mutters that Nigel may have bitten off more than he can chew this time.
In a jeep, Nigel goes through the Time Portal to the Cretaceous in Texas, where Dallas is now. At this time North America is divided into three land areas by a Y-shaped internal epicontinental sea. The land around the Time Portal exit point is dry: gravelly sand with patches of trees and bushes. Two half-size juvenile Parasaurolophus go by and stop about 10 m away. Nigel chases them towards the jeep. Then two Albertosaurus appear. The Parasaurolophus honk and run away. Nigel revs his jeep’s diesel engine: that makes the Albertosaurus back off, but not for long and they get accustomed to the noise (and presumably to diesel exhaust smell). He drives away. They chase him, at speed up to 30-38 mph, but they tire and turn away.
Prehistoric Park with Nigel Marven is available as a DVD set from Amazon.com.
Prehistoric Park - Supercroc