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Posted: Sunday, September 4, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 12:34 am, Mon Sep 19, 2011.

For years, dinosaurs have been regarded as an "evolutionary mistake," claims the series "Dinosaur Revolution" (premiering 9 p.m. EDT Sunday, Discovery Channel). But research is shedding new light on the creatures:

They were far from mistakes. They were merely misunderstood.

Many dinosaurs were complex, more active and even more colorful than previously imagined.

In the first episode, titled "Evolution Winners," scientists claim that eoraptors, one of the world's earliest dinosaurs, were far more sophisticated than anyone thought originally. Those guys were nurturing, courted their mates and killed competitors to sustain the bloodline.

Small carnivores from the late Triassic period, eoraptors were true survivors, running on instinct but also cunning in many respects. The male's parental skills alone, including the need to protect offspring, helped make sure the eoraptor would go on from generation to generation.

Animated scenes reveal how these dinosaurs lived by the seat of their pants almost daily and took on a challenge when confronted.

Other highlights for the week of Sept. 4-10 (listings subject to change; check local listings):

SUNDAY

"9/11: Heroes of the 88th Floor" (9 p.m., TLC). Frank De Martini and Pablo Ortiz are two heroes from Sept. 1, 2001, who saved 77 people in one of the World Trade Center towers, giving up their own lives as a result.

"Border Wars" (9 p.m., National Geographic Channel). Cameras follow U.S. agents as they do their work against drug runners smuggling across the U.S.-Mexico border.

"The Good Wife: A New Beginning" (9:30 p.m., CBS). Miss any of the past two seasons of the hit drama starring Julianna Margulies? This special recaps the highs and lows of plot points just in time for season three, starting later in the month.

"Keeping Up With The Kardashians" (10 p.m., E!). While kicking back with the family in Bora Bora (as many of us often do), Rob's insecurities about not having a high-profile career cause him to lash out at sister Kim. Poor Kim Kardashian! She's always the victim -- except on the red carpet.

MONDAY

"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" (9 p.m., Bravo). The big question after the recent suicide of one Real Housewife's husband: Will the show launch its second season as scheduled? How will a re-editing change the story? One of the most anticipated reality-show moments of the summer is supposed to be answered in this installment.

"Swamp Loggers" (10 p.m., Discovery Channel). This reality series about the work of loggers slices into a new season. This episode begins as the mill shuts down and the Goodson crew is put to the test.

TUESDAY

"Sons of Anarchy" (10 p.m., FX). Season four opens with the gang out of jail and back to their old stomping grounds, where the trouble all started.

THURSDAY

"Angels Among Us" (9 p.m., CMT). Stories centered on the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Included: a woman who says she saw an angel in the World Trade Center.

"Futurama" (10 p.m., Comedy Central). The animated comedy's season wraps up with a visual twist. The tales are told in three different art styles: classic black and white, 1980s old-school video-game images, and Japanese anime.

FRIDAY

"Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again" (9 p.m., HBO). The comedy legend and the veteran interviewer reunite on stage to talk about a few of their hilarious show-business memories, many of which have not been publicly revealed before.

"9/11: The Days After" (9 p.m., History). Following the attacks, the country's reaction and fears are recalled in this special report.

 

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