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WALKING WITH BEASTS RUNDOWN
As part of the extended BBC family, I now have further insider-info on
what will be featured in Walking With Beasts. Of course, if you've
already perused the books or patched together what you've seen in the
adverts (now screening here in the UK) you'll have a good idea of
what'll be happening. Having gone through a lot of the merchandize
with Steve White in London the other week, it looks like we'll be in for
quite a treat and, overall, it's looking like WWB will be quite an
improvement (aesthetically at least) over WWD.
The following is a list of the episodes with (nearly all of) the included
taxa. Take it with a dose of salt, though it seems largely correct.
Episode 1: New Dawn
Eocene Messel and others bits of the Eocene world, featuring
_Gastornis_, _Leptictidium_ (shown hopping - correctly - and not
striding I believe), the primitive primate _Godinotia_,
_Propalaeotherium_ and giant Messel ants. _Ambulocetus_ also in
Episode 2: Whale Killer
Focuses I think on Late Eocene Asia with _Andrewsarchus_ as main
character. _Basilosaurus_ and _Dorudon_ in this episode (_Dorudon_
is N. American but _Basilosaurus_ is known from Pakistan), ditto
_Moeritherium_ and _Embolotherium_ (one of the last brontotheres).
Also _Apidium_ the primitive anthropoid.
Episode 3: Land of Giants
_Paraceratherium_ together with the large entelodont (which I though
was _Daeodon_, but apparently isn't), _Hyaenodon_,
_Chalicotherium_ and others.
Episode 4: Next of Kin
Plio-Pleistocene Africa with australopithecines, deinotheres, sabre-
tooth cats (possibly _Megantereon_) and others.
Episode 5: Sabre Tooth
Pleistocene South America, featuring _Smilodon_, _Macrauchenia_, a
glyptodont (_?Glyptodon_), phorusrhacoid and a giant sloth (probably
Episode 6: Mammoth Journey
Pleistocene Europe: _Mammuthus_, _Megaloceros_, _Coelodonta_,
neanderthals and others.
RE: _Paraceratherium_, Lucas and Schoch showed that this name has
priority over _Indricotherium_ etc. However, McKenna and Bell
(1997) recognise _Baluchitherium_ as a separate genus from
_Paraceratherium_. There are several other synonyms of both taxa.
Ken, I'm surprised you don't have McKenna and Bell as they list all of
your -iformes group names as synonyms.
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