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Explains how scientists learn about dinosaurs. Paleontologists use detective techniques to uncover fossils. They deduce how dinosaurs lived, what they ate, how they moved, and how they cared for their families. Visit a dig and learn how fossils are preserved for study. Watch a skeleton be reconstructed. Leslie Nielson hosts this live-action/animated presentation.
There was a time when few knew what dinosaurs looked like. This is the story of how Waterhouse Hawkins built the first life-sized dinosaur models and stunned the world with his creations. Based on the book by Barbara Kerley.
The age of dinosaurs comes alive as viewers take a trip back in time. Students will discover how fossils are formed and come to understand that fossils can provide clues about how dinosaurs lived and died. Part of the Real World Science series.
Over a thousand dinosaur species once roamed the Earth. Learn which ones were the largest and the smallest, what dinosaurs ate and how they behaved, as well as surprising facts about their extinction.
In 1964, a paleontologist named John Ostrom unearthed some fascinating fossils from the mudstone of Montana. Its discovery set the stage for what’s known today as the dinosaur renaissance: a total rethinking of what scientists thought they knew about dinosaurs. Part of the "Eons" series.
The dinosaurs were headed for trouble. They ate nothing but junk food. They never brushed their teeth. They stayed up all night, and they jumped off cliffs even though they could not fly. To avoid extinction, they evolved into birds.
National Geographic Explorer Paul Sereno and his team are looking for the complete skeleton of Nigersaurus. They traveled to the Niger hoping to find enough bones to construct a complete replica of the dinosaur from the ground up. They begin their search in the dinosaur graveyard of the Sahara Desert. Segment of video from Wild Chronicles Series.
This is a story about how life began on earth. What was the first living creature, and how did it adapt to the environment? From the Kool Books series narrated by Hector Bonilla.
Discovering a dinosaur is just the first step. Paleontologists Sterling Nesbitt, Mark Norell, and Danny Barta tell the story behind the treasure trove of Triassic fossils from Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. Part of the "Shelf Life" series.
Marvie loves dinosaurs, and her favorite is the tyrannosaur. She dons a dinosaur costume and imagines what it would be like to live with the dinosaurs. Part of the "Marvie" series.
Dinosaur expert, Tyler Lyson discovered a mummified fossil of a duckbilled dinosaur. The mummy was carefully excavated and transported to a laboratory for a CT Scan. Researchers are hoping the 8,000 pound fossil will offer up a complete picture of dinosaurs that used to roam in North Dakota. Segment of video from Wild Chronicles Series.
The Magic School Bus is an award winning animated children’s television series based on the book series of the same title by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen. It is notable for its use of celebrity talent and being both highly entertaining and educational. Ms. Frizzle decides to finish a field trip by taking the kids 67 million years back in time. She wants them to see dinosaurs up close. Things go array, when Arnold loses a fossilized egg to a living and breathing T-Rex. How will the class get the egg back from this vicious dinosaur?
The discovery of Archaeopteryx in a quarry in Germany in the early 1860s provided the first clue that birds descended from reptiles. In the last 40 years, scientists have identified many shared features between birds and two-legged carnivorous dinosaurs called theropods.
The Field Museum has a long history of hiring artists to help teach people about the dinosaurs and other early life on Earth. This episode features a few famous painters: Charles R. Knight, John Conrad Hansen, and Maidi Wiebe. Part of "The Brain Scoop" series.
The disappearance of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period posed one of the greatest, long-standing scientific mysteries. This three-act film tells the story of the detective work that solved it. Shot on location in Italy, Spain, Texas, Colorado, and North Dakota, the film traces the uncovering of key clues that led to the discovery that an asteroid struck the Earth 66 million years ago, triggering a mass extinction of animals, plants, and even microorganisms. Each act illustrates the nature and power of the scientific method.
Features different systems of measurement and their value to science in five separate segments. Stardust Elements: Looks at the life cycles of stars and explains how the death of a star seeds the universe with all the elements of the periodic table. End of Dinosaurs: Debates several scientific theories about why and how dinosaurs became extinct. Earthly Thermometers: Demonstrates how the Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin scales measure the same thing in different ways and why we need precise measurements of temperature. Frozen in Time: Pieces together the past of a 5,300-year-old man whose body was preserved in ice in the Italian Alps. Hurricanes Take the Heat: Follows researchers who study how hurricanes form and try to predict where the next one will strike.
Synapsids were the world’s first-ever terrestrial megafauna, but the vast majority of these giants were doomed to extinction. However, some lived on, keeping a low profile among the dinosaurs. Part of the “Eons” series.
With a rhyming text and paper collage illustrations, author-artist Bob Barner brings dinosaurs back to life and offers fun dinosaur facts. Based on the children's book.
In this episode, host Emily Graslie sets the record straight on prehistoric life and misconceptions found in sci-fi movies. Part of "The Brain Scoop" series.
When pterosaurs first took flight, it may have marked the beginning of the end for the winged reptiles. Some evidence gathered suggests that the power of flight led to evolutionary changes in the reptiles, which may have ultimately led to their downfall. Part of the "Eons" series.
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