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A NEW PREHISTORY: incredible ratings worldwide

In a very competitive landscape, our series A NEW PREHISTORY has met incredible ratings worldwide. Almost twice the normal audience share in France. In Japan and Italy, this figure climbed to 2,5 time the audience. Such success calls for more...

What is the recipe behind such a triumph ? The world of paleontology is currently experiencing a golden age: more fossil species have been unearthed in the past decade than in the last two hundred years when this science first emerged. Thanks to new technologies combining genetics, ethology, geology and even particle physics, paleontologists can now recreate some of the missing branches from the tree of life. Assumptions have been shattered and all the rules are changing. Now, paleontologists can finally answer three vital questions:

- Where do insects come from?
- Where do birds come from?
- Where do mammals come from?

This series, based on ultra-realistic 3D computer graphics, and supported by the world’s leading international scientists brings these forgotten creatures to the screen and explore the ideological controversies or frauds that accompany their discovery.

Led like a paleontological investigation, “A New Prehistory” trilogy is a thrilling science adventure. The films combine photo-realistic Computer Graphic Images of little-known creatures (covering more than half of each show) interspersed with footage of scientists at work.

In the field or in laboratories, each film follows several international experts. Their search for the answer to an extremely simple question is built on a logical progression in three stages: part one is an inventory of our current knowledge, part two depicts the latest findings in the field while part three examines the lessons learned. New findings punctuate each film and are used by the scientists to back up their theories. Reading in stones is not easy: disputes about the interpretation are inevitable but multiple techniques in different domains are used to facilitate the reading.

Today paleontologists rely on the same laser scanners or tomography used in medicine as well as electron microscope imagery and X-rays to compare the anatomies of the living and dead animals. They even use a huge particle accelerator called a synchrotron to have a three-dimensional vision of the creatures petrified within the rocks.

Each film applies scientific rigor rather than participating in the sensationalism and mythmaking that has marked dinosaur films in the recent past. No offense to the screenwriters of Jurassic Park but neither dinosaurs nor insects trapped in amber will one day reveal their DNA ! ... and T-Rex sported some feathers all over his body...

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