Mandi Bierly
August 30, 2011 AT 07:28 PM EDT

Discovery’s four-part Dinosaur Revolution (premiering Sept. 4 and Sept. 11) is a new kind of dinosaur documentary. Produced by award-winning filmmaker Erik Nelson (Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Grizzly Man), the visual look was created by renowned dinosaur artists with graphic novel and feature film backgrounds including Dave Krentz (Disney’s Dinosaur, John Carter), Ricardo Delgado (Dark Horse Comics’ Age of Reptiles), Iain McCaig (Star Wars Ep. I, II, III) and Pete Von Sholly (The Mask, Darkman). Behaviors, including exotic mating dances (Gigantoraptor, a dinosaur resembling a 17-foot tall turkey) and the underwater birthing of a huge marine reptile called Mosasaurus, are explored in vignettes. Below, watch two exclusive clips that not only show the comic style, but also the comic sensibility. You’ve got to love a good, drawn-out death scene.

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