Monday, May 22, 2023

'Prehistoric Planet 2' explores ancient biodiversity on International Day for Biological Diversity

I concluded PBS Terra on de-extinction for Endangered Species Day with an idea for today.
Monday is International Day for Biological Diversity. I'm tempted to recycle 'Prehistoric Planet' previews explore extinct biodiversity on International Day for Biological Diversity with the trailer for season 2. Stay tuned.
I decided exploring ancient biodiversity was still my favorite idea — I'm a paleontologist who wants to share my passion with my readers — so watch Prehistoric Planet — Season 2 Official Trailer | Apple TV+.

New dinosaurs. New habitats. New Season. Prehistoric Planet returns May 22 on Apple TV+...

Prehistoric Planet, from executive producers Jon Favreau and Mike Gunton, and narrated by Sir David Attenborough, combines award-winning wildlife filmmaking, the latest paleontology learnings and state-of-the-art technology to unveil the spectacular habitats and inhabitants of ancient Earth for a one-of-a-kind immersive experience. The series is produced by the world-renowned team at BBC Studios Natural History Unit (“Planet Earth”) with support from the photorealistic visual effects of MPC (“The Lion King,” “The Jungle Book”) applied to concept art created by Jellyfish Pictures (“The Book of Boba Fett,” “Spirit: Untamed”). Prehistoric Planet season two continues to bring Earth’s history to life like never before as the series presents new dinosaurs, new habitats and new scientific discoveries while taking viewers around the world in an epic five-night adventure. With new dinosaurs like the Tarchia, one of the largest Ankylosaurus, to returning fan-favorites like the Tyrannosaurus rex, and many more, Prehistoric Planet returns with an all-new season of prehistoric wonders.

Theme by Hans Zimmer and Andrew Christie for Bleeding Fingers Music. Original score by Zimmer, An┼że Rozman and Kara Talve for Bleeding Fingers Music.
That's the advertisement. Now for The Science Behind Prehistoric Planet 2 from IFL Science.

We sat down for an exciting chat with the producers of the second season of Prehistoric Planet on Apple TV+ to dig into the science behind the digital resurrection of these ancient animals.
That was informative and fun. I enjoyed the inclusion of prehistoric animals beyond dinosaurs and pterosaurs, who were the stars of Season 1. Mosasaurs, crocodylomorphs, turtles, mammals, and ammonites show how biologically diverse the terminal Cretaceous was. I also appreciated how the series didn't just present the latest science, but helped spur research that advanced the field of paleontology. Way to pay the field back beyond just popularizing it!

While I raved about the trailer and previews for season 1, my prediction that the series would receive multiple Emmy nominations still hasn't come true. Hans Zimmer took home two awards for its music at the Hollywood Music In Media Awards and it earned nominations at the Cinema Eye Honors Awards, Annie Awards, Visual Effects Society Awards, Television Critics Association Awards, and Hollywood Critics Association Television Awards, but no Emmy nominations. I hope that was because Apple TV+ decided to submit it to the News & Documentary Emmy Awards instead of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. If so, I'll be looking for those nominations in a couple of months.

The producers mentioned how cute the baby Velociraptors were, so I'm closing with Prehistoric Planet — Cutest Dino Moments | Apple TV+.

Some were cautious forest dwellers. Others were fearful flyers. All of them were extremely squeezable. More cuteness to come. Prehistoric Planet Season 2 returns May 22 on Apple TV+...

Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, and featuring an original score by multiple Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer, the captivating exploration of ancient Earth will debut with five all-new episodes in a week-long event.
I hope these clips help earn some Emmy nominations. In the meantime, I plan on posting a tale of the Retail Apocalypse tomorrow. Stay tuned.

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