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This was how “The Beasts Within” (a documentary about prehistoric humans from the Walking with Beasts DVD) ended. It is… bizarre.

3D animators were too busy asking themselves if they could to wonder whether or not they should…

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According to the Survey Results, the best weekend seems to be that of February 6 & 7, and to do it over two days. Most people want chronological order, and the split between movies is at a dead heat, so here is the tentative schedule for our Walking With Marathon: 

February 6: 

3 PM Eastern Time: Walking With Monsters Episode 1
3:40 PM Eastern Time: Walking With Monsters Episode 2
4:20 PM Eastern Time: Walking With Monsters Episode 3
5 PM Eastern Time: Intermission
5:30 PM Eastern Time: Walking With Dinosaurs Episode 1
6:10 PM Eastern Time: Walking With Dinosaurs Episode 2
6:50 PM Eastern Time: Intermission
7:20 PM Eastern Time: Walking with Dinosaurs Episode 3 
8:00 PM Eastern Time: Walking with Dinosaurs Episode 4
(Should be done around 8:30 to 8:40)

February 7

2 PM Eastern Time: Walking With Dinosaurs Episode 5 
2:40 PM Eastern Time: Walking With Dinosaurs Episode 6 
3:20 PM Eastern Time: Intermission 
3:50 PM Eastern Time: Walking With Beasts Episode 1 
4:30 PM Eastern Time: Walking With Beasts Episode 2 
5:10 PM Eastern Time: Walking With Beasts Episode 3 
5:50 PM Eastern Time: Intermission 
6:20 PM Eastern Time: Walking With Beasts Episode 4 
7:00 PM Eastern Time: Walking With Beasts Episode 5 
7:40 PM Eastern Time: Walking With Beasts Episode 6 
(Should be done around 8:10 to 8:20) 

I tried to divide it up as evenly as I could between the two days, and I hope this works out for people - keep in mind there’s only so much I can do, I can’t accommodate everyone. If you can only see part, well, at least you got to see part!

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Album of Prehistoric Animals by Tom McGowen with Illustrations by Rod Ruth (1974)

When I was in fifth grade I remember discovering this book by accident in my school library, thinking that it was another book on dinosaurs (for some reason the cover didn’t give me a clue). When I opened it, I was disappointed-not one chapter devoted to dinosaurs. I was ready to return it…

But then I started reading and I was opened to a new world of mega beasts: not only the familiar Woolly Mammoth and Smilodon but bizarre and exciting mammals like Alticamelus (now known as Aepycamelus), Platybelodon, Eohippus, and the two most memorable mammals of the Cenozoic: Megatherium and my favorite, Baluchitherium (now known as Indricotherium or Paraceratherium). I was now as big a fan of these animals as I was of dinosaurs. Sadly these creatures, at the time, were unknown by the general public and I tried as much as I could to alert people to the fact that these animals once existed. Once my fifth grade teacher read a (non-fiction) story about “The Beast of Baluchistan” but neither she nor my classmates knew what this beast was. I showed the book to my teacher and she read the chapter on the Baluchitherium. Needless to say, my classmates were impressed.

 Now thanks to the blockbuster Ice Age franchise, the documentary Walking With Prehistoric Beasts and the Extreme Mammals touring museum exhibit (complete with a life-size Baluchitherium “statue”) and, of course, the internet, people are becoming more and more familiar with these non-dinosaur prehistoric animals.

…But I already knew about them way before the 21st century thanks to a 1974 children’s book. Thank you Tom McGowen and Rod Ruth. For opening my eyes, mind and heart to a new world, a new era and a new species (even though they’re extinct).