The World of the Dinosaurs – Symphony of Science

The World of the Dinosaurs – Symphony of Science



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A musical celebration of dinosaurs! “The World of the Dinosaurs” is the 14th instalment in the Symphony of Science series; it investigates their habits, extinction, and how we learn about them. Featuring Alice Roberts, Bill Nye, Nigel Marvin, Dallas Campbell and more. Materials used in the creation of this video are from:


Dinosaurs Alive

BBC “How to Build a Dinosaur”

BBC “Extinct: A Horizon Guide to Dinosaurs”

Bill Nye – Dinosaurs

Prehistoric Park

Discovery Channel “Last Day of the Dinosaurs”

Jurassic Park

Jack Horner’s 2011 TED Talk


Special thanks to everybody who’s donated to keep the project alive and to those who helped track down the materials used in this video.


*Please note: not every animal depicted in the video is a dinosaur; some are contemporary animals that look like dinosaurs (the flying/swimming ones).


[Dr. Alice Roberts]

How can we start to come close to animals that lived hundreds of millions of years ago?


[Jack Horner]


[Bill Nye]



[Dallas Campbell]

Dinosaurs weren’t just giant lizards

But a truly unique kind of reptile

[Narrator 1]

Dinosaurs roamed

For more than 150 million years

Dinosaurs roamed

In amazing shapes and sizes

Very few left evidence of their existence

And those bones never cease to fascinate us


The more we find

The more complete our understanding

Utterly awe-inspiring

The world of the dinosaurs


There are always new discoveries out there

Waiting to be found

[Narrator 2]

Tyrannosaurus, the largest flesh eater

The world has ever seen

Dinosaurs – all the dinosaurs-

Followed a well trod trail to oblivion

[Narrator 1]

Rock layers span the age of dinosaurs

The deeper the layer, the older the rock

At the top – rock from the Cretaceous

Below that, the Jurassic

And near the bottom, red Triassic badlands

When dinosaurs first appeared


(dino breakdown)


65 million years ago

[Nigel Marvin]

A meteorite smashed into the Earth


Hurtling toward our planet

At a hundred thousand kilometres a second

**correction: per hour, not second!


If we’d never found their bones,

We wouldn’t ever have known

These ancient animals ever existed



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