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Prehistoric Predators

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Prehistoric Predators

Prehistoric Predators was a 2007 National Geographic Channel program based on different predators that lived in the past, including Smilodon and Megalodon. The series investigated how such beasts hunted and fought other creatures, and what drove them to extinction. The program's investigative style was somewhat followed by the recent Discovery Channel documentary, Monsters Resurrected.

Featured animals

Pleistocene: 1.8-10 000 years ago North America: American lion, Ancient Bison, Arctodus (Short-faced bear), Columbian mammoth, Caribou(cameo), Canis dirus (Dire Wolf), Dromedary (cameo), Hagerman Horse, Megalonyx, and Smilodon fatalis

Miocene-Pliocene: 15-3 million years ago South America, North America: Canis edwardii, Glyptodon, Homalodotherium, Kelenken, Smilodon gracilis, Titanis, and Equus

Miocene-Pleistocene: 20-2 million years ago The Atlantic: Cetotherium, Dugong, Great White Shark(cameo), Green Sea Turtle(cameo), Megalodon, Squalodon

Oligocene-Miocene: 32-19 million years ago North America: Amphicyon ingens, Agriochoerus, Archaeotherium, Chalicotherium, Dinictis, Daeodon, Hyaenodon horridus, Mesohippus, Poebrotherium, and Subhyracodon and Oreodont


No. Episode title
1 "Sabretooth"
Smilodon is shown as an apex predator. It is depicted defeating Dire wolves, living in prides and killing even mammoths.
2 "Terror Raptor"
The huge bird of South America, Titanis and Kelenken are shown as apex predators. Titanis comes into competition with the Edwards Wolf (Canis edwardii). It is shown chasing wolves away (and vice versa) and eating horses.
3 "Giant Bear"
Double the size of the largest living bear and you get Arctodus simus, the giant short-faced bear. At 11 feet tall and a weight of 1200 pounds, it was the largest mammalian carnivore ever to walk the Earth. The bear is shown defeating Smilodon and Megalonyx, and scaring off Dire Wolves.
4 "Killer Pig"
The Archaeotherium was the biggest beast of the Badlands and more powerful than any other. It evolved into the even larger Daeodon (aka Dinohyus).
5 "Razor Jaws"
The only one who would dare attack an Archaeotherium was Hyaenodon, with its powerful razor jaws.
6 "Dire Wolf"
The savage Dire Wolf was the biggest wolf on the planet. It hunted down bison in packs of 30 or more.
7 "Monster Shark"
The huge, powerful shark, Megalodon, was up to 52 feet long and weighed as much as 47 tonnes (52 tons).

Related Series

Monsters Resurrected

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