Jurassic Fight Club
|Jurassic Fight Club|
|Narrated by||Erik Thompson|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Original run||July 29, 2008– October 22, 2008|
Jurassic Fight Club (titled Dinosaur Secrets in Australia) is a paleontology-based television series on History which premiered in the USA in July 2008. Jurassic Fight Club was hosted by George Blasing, a self-taught paleontologist. The show ran for one season of 12 episodes and was not renewed.
Scientists study the battles of prehistoric creatures, such as dinosaurs, before they went extinct. Each episode features a forensic-styled breakdown of a prehistoric battle. Based on fossil evidence and paleontologist analysis, a CGI rendering of the battle, based on the evidence and the imagination of George Blasing (the show's host) is the final act of each episode. In most cases, the battles are based on actual fossil finds, although in several episodes scientists simply pit two contemporaneous prehistoric animals against each other.
|#||Title||Featuring||Original air date|
|1||"Cannibal Dinosaur"||Male Majungatholus vs. Female Majungatholus (Identified as "Majungatholus")||29 July 2008|
Cannibalism is featured during the battle between a male and female Majungatholus while the female tries to protect her offspring.
The male Majungatholus was looking for a mate when he sees a female Majungatholus who isn't in the mood for mating. She was surrounded by lush vegetation while the male tries a reproductive dance first but the female does not respond, and is very hostile. Confused, the male then sees that the female already has a baby, leading him to move from reproductive to aggressive, intent on killing the baby so he can mate with the female. They fight as the female rams the male but the male being larger shakes it off quickly. Then the female uses her tail to whip the male. But then the female trips on a log, leaving her out of the way as the male Majungatholus grabs the baby, slams it against a tree and crushes it in his jaws, killing it. Realizing that she's been tricked, the female Majungatholus rises from the bushes, charges at the male and crushes his throat. The female eats the baby and then the male, who is still aliveWinner: Female Majungatholus
|2||"T-Rex Hunter"||Tyrannosaurus vs Nanotyrannus||5 August 2008|
|3||"Gang Killers"||Deinonychus vs Tenontosaurus||12 August 2008|
The Deinonychus pack manages to separate a weak Tenontosaurus individual from a herd, and attack it, but one is killed. The Deinonychus regroup and resort to hitting-and-running, but the Tenontosaurus skin is too thick for this technique to do much damage. The pack then launch a full-fledged attack, only for one pack member to be crushed under the herbivore's massive weight and the pack is forced to retreat. However, the herbivore is heavily wounded, and goes into a thicket of brush to hide. A thunderstorm brews and the Deinonychus attack the Tenontosaurus in the darkness of the storm. Although unable to see, the Tenontosaurus manages to kill some members of the pack, including slamming one against a rock. The Tenontosaurus dies from its injuries and a brief pecking order occurs in the Deinonychus pack.Winner: "Deinonychus"
|4||"Bloodiest Battle"||Allosaurus vs. Stegosaurus vs. Ceratosaurus vs. Camarasaurus||19 August 2008|
When a female Stegosaurus and her young get stuck in mud on a dried lake, a Ceratosaurus approaches, and starts to tear into the body of the younger one, eating it alive. The trapped mother Stegosaurus is helpless and unable to defend her offspring. The Ceratosaurus is also about to finish off the mother as well, but three nearby Allosaurus are attracted by the smell of blood. They also pick up the scent of their rival, but not only is each of the Allosaurus larger than the Ceratosaurus, they also outnumber it. With only one enemy to contend with, one of the Allosaurus break off from the rest of its group in order to flank it, while the other two move toward the Ceratosaurus to face it head-on to challenge it and make it move back and more out in the open for an ambush. This ploy proves to be a successful one, as the Ceratosaurus is indeed pushed back, and even though the outnumbered rival still attempts to defend its kill from the two Allosaurus by baring its massive teeth at them in warning, the third Allosaurus comes out from hiding, charging into the unsuspecting enemy at full force. The stunned Ceratosaurus is knocked to the ground and the Allosaurus then quickly kills the downed rival. The three Allosaurus then proceed to attack the Stegosaurus, but since one of the Allosaurus had inadvertently shifted the weight of the Stegosaurus mother in the mud by standing on top of it during their confrontation with the Ceratosaurus, it is now able to free her spiked tail from the mud and manages to kill one of the Allosaurus with a direct hit to the back of the head, around the temple. Just then, three Camarasaurus appear and the alpha male of the group comes down to the water's edge, but gets his front legs stuck in the mud. The two remaining Allosaurus then leave the Stegosaurus to attack the Camarasaurus. Two of the Camarasaurus retreat from the area, leaving the trapped alpha male behind. Though the Camarasaurus suffers numerous cuts from the ensuing attack by the two Allosaurus, who use their large claws to slash at the sauropod's flanks as they pounce on it, the Camarasaurus uses his tail to kill one of the attacking Allosaurus, shifting its weight and freeing his front legs in the process. The final Allosaurus charges, but this drives it right under the foot of the sauropod, which crushes its head, killing the final Allosaurus. However, the Camarasaurus and as the adult Stegosaurus eventually die from starvation and dehydration due to being stuck.Winner: Probably two Ceratosaurus who stood beside the waterhole the whole time watching the fight.
|5||"Deep Sea Killers"||Megalodon vs Brygmophyseter||26 August 2008|
In the dark Pacific waters at the North of Japan, Megalodon, a super-predator, is on the hunt. It detects the presence of a large whale through its advanced sensory systems. The potential prey is a large toothed whale, Brygmophyseter (also termed as the biting sperm whale), which has ventured away from its pod. The Megalodon ambushes the Brygmophyseter and tears through its propulsion systems (i.e. pectoral fins and tail). The badly wounded Brygmophyseter is unable to swim and it sends out a distress call to its pod for help, which is also engaged in hunting activities nearby. A large bull Brygmophyseter picks up the distress signal and leads the pod to the point of its origination. When the pod members approach their wounded companion, it becomes clear that the Megalodon is the culprit. The enraged pod commences its attack on the Megalodon in an attempt to drive it away from the wounded member. The giant shark tries to escape by going deeper into the water, but the whales have a secret weapon. They narrow their sonar beams on the shark, disrupting its sensory organs in the process, and the shark gets stunned for a brief period. Taking advantage of the vulnerable position of the adversary, the whales ram the stunned shark and attempt to tear it apart, but the shark is too powerful and its skin is too thick to be subdued. It manages to slip away after the effect of sonar wears off, and the whales stop chasing it further because they cannot afford to stay at great depths for long periods due to being surface breathers. The shark is now at a considerable distance from the wounded companion. The Brygmophyseter try to help their wounded companion, but it is already too late. They take a last look at their injured companion, sing a death song, and leave. As the path is cleared, the determined Megalodon comes back to enjoy its meal (the dead whale).Winner: Megalodon
|6||"Hunter Becomes Hunted"||Allosaurus vs Ceratosaurus||2 September 2008|
Harsh conditions force a mated pair of Ceratosaurus to venture into new territory to find suitable hunting grounds. The male Ceratosaurus chases its prey, leading it to the hidden female for an ambush. This territory however, belongs to an Allosaurus, who quietly stalks the intruding female. The Allosaurus strikes, ambushing the female Ceratosaurus, breaking her neck in its jaws, killing her instantly. Unaware that she is dead, her mate continues with the hunt, but he finds the bellowing Allosaurus instead. The smaller hunter stands its ground, so the enemy charges forward, snapping its jaws inches from the intruder's face. The Ceratosaurus, outclassed by its larger enemy, runs into the trees and manages to dodge the larger rival's attacks and both of them make several lunges at each other, with none of them connecting. Eventually the Ceratosaurus manages to use the claws on its forelimbs to slash the face of the surprised Allosaurus, temporally disorienting it, jumps onto its enemy's back and sinks its massive teeth into the back of his rival's neck. But the Allosaurus manages to shake the Ceratosaurus off, and bites deep into its shoulder before it can be back up. The Ceratosaurus struggles, but is unable to free itself from the jaws of the Allosaurus, who breaks his spine. The Allosaurus then tosses the Ceratosaurus into a tree. Once the mortally wounded intruder is on the ground, the Allosaurus uses the claws on its feet to cut its body open. Towering over its fallen rival, the triumphant Allosaurus roars in victory as it regains its territory.Winner: Allosaurus
|7||"Biggest Killers"||Allosaurus vs Stegosaurus, Utahraptor vs Gastonia, Majungasaurus vs Tenontosaurus, Albertosaurus vs Pachyrhinosaurus, Tyrannosaurus vs Nanotyrannus||9 September 2008|
|8||"Raptor's Last Stand"||Utahraptor vs Gastonia||16 September 2008|
A Gastonia searches for water in a drought of the middle Cretaceous. Some Azhdarchidae Pterosaurs on its back act as lookouts. But Utahraptor is also searching for sustenance, his eyesight is just as good as the pterosaur’s. While Gastonia's vision isn't so good its sense of smell is every bit as good as the Utahraptor's. Gastonia's pterosaurs and sense of smell pick up the approaching raptor. Gastonia's sentries fly off at the sight of the raptor. As the Gastonia had been alerted to the Utahraptor's presence, the raptor's hope of ambushing it is crushed. Gastonia shifts sideways towards the attacker, but Utahraptor jumps over the Gastonia, lands on the other side, and slashes the Gastonia's soft under belly with his killing claw. The raptor jumps again but the Gastonia didn't fall for the same trick again and shifts sideways and cuts the Utahraptor. The raptor falls down and the Gastonia continues his search for water. But then the raptor gets up and bites the Gastonia on the front leg. The Gastonia screams in pain and tries to shift sideways on only three legs. After that it's the moment they were both waiting for, the raptor only has to make the same wound on the back leg. The Utahraptor attacks, but the Gastonia catches the raptor's leg and severs the tendon. The Utahraptor roars in agony and finally collapses and dies. The Gastonia continues his digging for water, but will eventually die from drought.Winner: Gastonia, although drought eventually killed it as well.
|9||"Ice Age Monsters"||Arctodus vs American lion||23 September 2008|
An American lion is seen stalking a bison, and then leaping onto its back and killing it. As it eats, an Arctodus bear smells the meat from a long distance. The bear follows the scent to its source and sees the lion eating. The Arctodus arrives at the kill and roars but the lion stands his ground. The bear rears to scare off the lion, only to be knocked down. The lion locks its jaws on its enemy's back as the bear gets to its feet, but the Arctodus' fur and fat are too thick for the lion to cause enough damage. After shaking the lion off and a short stand-off, the bear charges and bashes his paw into the lion's head, but the lion quickly recovers. The lion then smacks the face of the bear, but the bear grabs the lion, pins it, and crunches down on the lion's soft underbelly. Believing the lion dead, the Arctodus starts to feed on the bison carcass, but the lion recovers and launches a surprise attack. It attempts to bite the windpipe of the Arctodus repeatedly, but the bear's powerful paws hold off the lion and throw it away. The lion is badly hurt after crash-landing, but continues to fight. As the bear charges, it smacks the bear's face and the bear loses balance, tumbling to the ground. This gives the lion a chance to lock its jaws on the throat and it does so. However, the Arctodus rears up before the lion can kill it and throws the lion into the Natural Trap Cave in Wyoming, where it dies from the fall.Winner: Arctodus
|10||"River of Death"||Pachyrhinosaurus vs Albertosaurus||30 September 2008|
The pack of Albertosaurus charge at the herd of Pachyrhinosaurus. The herd stampedes towards a raging river bed and the predators corner the prey, although one breaks free. One of the Albertosaurus chases it into a clearing, and it attempts to kill the Pachyrhinosaurus,knocking it on its side. However the Pachyrhinosaurus gores the enemy in the leg, enraging it. The Albertosaurus then bites down on to its neck and tries to sever its spine killing the Pachyrhinosaurus. Back at the river, the other Albertosaurus is backing the Pachyrhinosaurus herd into the river. In their panic, they fall into the river. The current is too strong and the herd drowns. The Albertosaurus follows the bodies down river and finds them piled up at a junction. He then proceeds to feast on the bodies.Winner: Albertosaurus
|11||"Raptors vs. T-Rex'"||Edmontosaurus vs Dromaeosaurus vs Tyrannosaurus||7 October 2008|
A lonely Edmontosaurus looks for a herd to live in but instead wanders into the territory of a pack of Dromaeosaurus. The faster, smarter and deadly carnivores attack the duck-billed dinosaur but are unable to bring to down. Three pack members are killed in the ensuing fight. The remaining members finally kill the weakened Edmontosaurus and are beginning to eat when a Tyrannosaurus appears and drives them off. The T.Rex has the Edmontosaurus for himself.Winner: Tyrannosaurus, although it only drove off the Dromaeosaurus pack, not killed them.
|12||"Armageddon"||(Numerous)||22 October 2008|
Scientists explain the extinction of the dinosaurs.65 million years ago, a gigantic asteroid crashes in the coast of Yucatán, Mexico. It leaves a gigantic crater and it creates a meteor shower in the process while it also makes a cloud of deadly gas spreading throughout the land. Most of the dinosaurs (usually including Tyrannosaurus, Majungasaurus, Albertosaurus, Nanotyrannus, Dromaeosaurus, Edmontosaurus and Pachyrhinosaurus) had seen the impact and they attempt to run for cover, though some of them died in the series of meteors and the clouds. Soon, the dinosaurs are now extinct as a Tyrannosaurus collapses to the ground, dead, but then, this may be the time where humans and other animals replace the dinosaurs as the dominant species of Earth itself.
|Dromaeosaurs||1 (Deinonychus)||2 (Utahraptor, Dromaeosaurus)|
|Theropods||4 (Majungasaurus, Tyrannosaurus, Allosaurus, Albertosaurus)||5 (Majungasaurus, Nanotyrannus, Allosaurus, Ceratosaurus (twice))|
|Herbivore dinosaurs||3 (Stegosaurus, Camarasaurus), Gastonia||3 (Tenontosaurus, Edmontosaurus), Pachyrhinosaurus|
|Mammals||1 (Arctodus)||2 (Brygmophyseter, American Lion)|
The Jurassic Fight Club game, Turf Wars, can be found on history.com. Playing as one out of six dinosaurs, you use your skills to defeat the other five. There are cheat codes that can make you invincible, access special attacks, etc. The following dinosaurs are featured in battle order with status:
- George Blasing's bio at his website.