From tiny weasels to big cats and bears, this series follows the sometimes surprising evolution of the Carnivora – the mammals that eat meat. Using computer graphic techniques and full colour animation to bring to life long-extinct lineages, it journeys from the carnivore’s roots at the end of the dinosaur era right up to the present day.
Part 1: The Carnassial Connection
Introductory programme of a seven part series, exploring the evolution of the carnivores as a successful and highly diverse mammalian group.
Part 2: Sharpening the Tooth
Explores the many different members of the cat family and their rise over 40 million years to represent a powerful group of predators within the Carnivora.
Part 3: Strength in Numbers
Looks at the evolution of the dog family, how as generalists and through group predation they have filled a successful niche within the Carnivora.
Part 4: The Rich Man’s Table
Follows the evolution of the hyaenas within the Carnivora, reveals how they have successfully exploited scavenging strategies, to supplement hunting.
Part 5: Jacks of All Trades
The rise of bears and racoons in the carnivora, exhibit the most diverse feeding patterns of the group, predators->scavenging omnivores->specialist herbivores
Part 6: Small and Deadly
The weasel family – fast, ferociously skilful killers. This is the story of how one family of carnivores opted for smallness as a positive advantage.
Part 7: It’s Tough at the Top
Looks at the development of top carnivores and asks are they really masters of their world or longterm losers? The winners are the small carnivores.