Clash of the dinosaurs

Clash of the Dinosaurs is a four-part television miniseries that first aired in 2009 on the Discovery channel. The series focuses on the abilities of many Cretaceous dinosaurs, the program using new technology to study the interior workings of the creatures.

Various paleontologists were featured, giving information to viewers based on the current understanding of the animals featured at the time, including Dr. Robert Bakker and Thomas Holtz. The series itself was narrated by Richard Coyle.

Animals Featured[]

Inaccuracies and Speculative Information[]

  • The "Toxic bite" of the Tyrannosaurus is brought up here, stating that an animal can get an infection if bitten. This is potentially true for any injury, and the toxic bite theory has been strongly disproven.
  • Parasaurolophus, wrongfully mispronounced as "Parasaurophalus", is wrongfully stated to be able to use sound-based weaponry against predators and rivals, which there is no evidence supporting.
  • Quetzalcoatlus is stated to be able to see urination trails through ultraviolet vision. While some species of modern birds are capable of doing this, there's no evidence saying Pterosaurs could do this too.
  • A group of Deinonychus would've been incapable of taking down a subadult Sauroposeidon.
  • A statement was made that Tyrannosaurus could dislocate its jaw to better eat prey like a snake. Not only are snakes incapable of truly dislocating their jaw, but there is no evidence to prove a Tyrannosaurus could do it on command or what it would use it for.
  • Deinonychus is presented as the apex predator of early cretaceous North America, the series not acknowledging other large predators such as Acrocanthosaurus existing at the same time. This could possibly imply the theory once made that Deinonychus outcompeted Acrocanthosaurus, despite them not filling the same niche or having much competition.
  • A popular inaccuracy involving the documentary is shown in episode 3, which it states that the Sauroposeidon had a "second brain" located within the hips. This in particular was stated wrong by paleontologist Matthew Wedel during his interview with the show's creators, but on airing said episode the documentary "quote-mined" him to appear as if he supported the theory instead. Later airings of the series and DVD releases removed this segment.