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on 21 July 2012
For the benefit of anyone who isn't aware, this is the series which was titled "Jurassica" when it went out on Sky TV back in the 1990s.

This is an interesting and intriguing series featuring contributions from some of the greatest minds in the paleontology world. Among the subjects covered are not just dinosaurs but many other examples of prehistoric life from pterosaurs and sea monsters to extinct flesh-eating kangaroos. Also included are episodes dealing with topics such as missing links, cases of mistaken identity and mysterious extenctions. A must-have for anyone interested in the history of life on this planet.

The special effects are not fantastic, I will admit, but if you're looking for realistic dinosaurs then watch the "Jurassic Park" films.
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on 17 July 2012
If you are looking for special effects this is not the programme for you and you should go and watch walking with dinosaurs.

This series has some problems; Paleoworld is dated and what you might call "cheesy". It is also more watered down than I would have liked it to be. It sometimes makes controversial and outdated ideas (not outdated when the doc was made); like the claws on the hands of Phorusrachid birds; seem clear cut and uncontroversial; which they were not!

So why the title; "in defense of Paleoworld"? Well, despite its shortcomeings I rather like this programme. Paleoworld is a rare type of documentary that focuses on a wide variety of topics associated with vertebrate paleontology; some of which are relatively obscure compared to that on other documentaries and rarely, if ever covered on television. I also like the focus on the scientists and specimens, rather than the over the top special effects and voice overs which dominate the modern day documentary industry. In a later series they did 2 episodes which consisted of the video recordings made on an expedition to Africa, which I found really interesting.

And as for the outdatedness, that cannot be helped, but it does give a window into the ideas of the time (1990's). With a bit of background knowledge in the subject (or the internet) this problem is overcome.

I therefore say that if you are interested in Palaeontology, have a bit of background knowledge (but not much and want to know more) and an appreciation for the subject, it may grow on you. If you know a lot about palaeontology, you may hate some episodes, but others which are more comprehensive you may well enjoy. It is much better as an introduction to the subject; than most more modern Discovery Channel/ History Channel type documentaries, which in some cases deliberately portray innaccurate information for the sake of sensationalism (I'm looking at you Clash of the Dinosaurs). Overall a good basic educational series.
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on 15 June 2012
Dispite the artwork on the cover of this box set,which implies a slick and modern series,dont be fooled.Paleoworld is infact from 1994,and it wasnt what I would have called a flashy series even then,its approach is very basic.Think early David Attenborough serials from the 70's,or early 80's.Any shots of dinosaurs are hand drawn pictures,or a few,not that convincing,semi life size models.Dont get me wrong,Im not saying a series such as this needs cgi to be any good,Im just pointing out how dated the series is,and there is the problem.Scientific programmes,such as this,are only as good as the information they are presenting,and being from 1994,means there is nothing on offer here that we dont already know.Many of the conclusions it presents as fact,are now known to be wrong.It cant even get the running time on the covers right,there are 13 episodes,4 on one disc,3 on the remaining three.Each episode runs for 24 to 25 minutes,yet the running times listed imply they are 30 minutes,the disc with the four episodes claims a 120 minute running time,but its only 101.Add this up over all the episodes and your losing a good hour from the 6.5 hours it claims,but theyre covered by the (approx) after the running time,which in my oppinion is nothing but a deliberate con.All I can say is shame on the Discovery Channel.

Theres a second series coming out in a few months,I for one will not be bothering with it.
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on 23 March 2015
Only arrived to day but what I have seen of it so far it accurate and informative hope my nieces will learn a bit from it when I lend it them
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on 15 December 2012
I have watched them again and again. A great series giving a good look at the creatures of the past and a good look at the people who search for them.
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on 30 December 2013
Only 2 stars for this at my sons request as the gift was for him.. He says it's very old and season 2 was much better. The graphics in this one weren't very good either. I personally thought it was good value for money with very quick delivery.
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