February 27th

1979 – Life on Earth episode ‘Victors of the Dry Land’ features dinosaur segments

It was David Attenborough’s first landmark series. Life on Earth was more than a nature documentary. It was a groundbreaking visual feast, and some still argue it’s the greatest natural history series ever made.


The show’s seventh episode–Victors of the Dry Land–featured the rise of reptiles and debuted on this day in dinosaurs in 1979. This episode included an extended segment about everyone’s favorite Mesozoic giants. The science and the graphics are far removed from our modern understanding, but the segment represents one of the first television spotlights on dinosaurs.

Whether you’ve never seen the episode or would like to see it again, it’s well worth checking out:

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