Now available! 15 PaleoWorld Volumes on 5 DVD's
Paleontology fascinates students of all ages. This series presents an in-depth look at what is known, and how we know it. Each tape reveals a bit more about what has been learned to fill in a fossil record that is still far from complete, using recent discoveries, new techniques and computer animation to enlighten your student's fascination.
DVD DISC 1 PALEOWORLD: TRACING HUMAN ORIGINS
Human paleontology reaches back to find the origins of human kind. PaleoWorld explores how we survived, the gaps in our knowledge, and the twists, turns, and dead ends in our evolutionary pathway.
TRAIL OF THE NEANDERTHAL
Of all the battles fought in the world of paleontology, few have the passion to rival that of modern man's ancestry. Does Neanderthal man live on in our genetic mix or was he an evolutionary dead end? For years paleontologists Milford Wolpoff and Chris Stringer have been tearing at the bones of this argument.
When the first man walked on two feet it was a giant step forward. But how and why it happened has always been a mystery. Now new discoveries are revealing the story of how we evolved into apes that walked.
DVD DISC 2 PALEOWORLD: MOVERS AND SHAKERS
Supersaurus, Ultrasaurus, Seismosaurus -- those were the biggest creatures to ever walk the earth. How did these creatures get so big and why? Will we keep on finding even bigger fossilized remains or is there a limit to their size? And which was the greatest of all the earthshakers?
Most people associate mammoths with red-haired, shaggy-coated creatures that roamed the frozen steppes of Eastern Europe, disappearing during the Ice Age. How did they get there and why did they disappear? The mammoth site in South Dakota provides clues to the mysteries of the past.
HORNS AND HERDS
Of all the dinosaurs that walked the earth, the Ceratopsian or horned dinosaurs are the best known. Thanks to freak catastrophes that stopped these dinosaurs in their tracks, paleontologists have a snapshot in time enabling them to unravel the inner world of dinosaur society.
DVD DISC 3 PALEOWORLD: IN THE AIR
FLIGHT OF THE PTEROSAURS
Creationists have often pointed to the existence of flying animals, paleontologists begrudgingly had to admit that they had a point. What could possibly have been the progression? But now paleontologists are discovering and recreating the mechanisms by which the dinosaurs gradually adapted to flight; and they're finding that the pterosaurs were once as diverse as modern birds.
DINOS IN THE AIR
It may seem a ridiculous idea, but according to paleontologist Bob Bakker, there's plenty of evidence to show that birds are dinosaurs. Not surprisingly, this controversial debate has become one of the most heated battles between paleontologists the world over.
Exactly how birds began to fly has always been a bit of a mystery. Scientists found 140 million-year-old fossils of the Archaeopteryx, which could glide for distances, but could not fly or land like modern birds. Now, three birds from about 115 million years ago have been uncovered in Spain. Have archaeologists uncovered the flying missing link?
DVD DISC 4 PALEOWORLD: PREDATORS
THE LEGENDARY T. REX
From Godzilla, the fire-breathing film star of the 50s, to Sue, the latest and greatest Rex discovery of them all, these dinos were the perfect predators--or were they? The debate is ongoing, even as we learn more intimate details about this creature.
CARNOSAURS: THE GIANT PREDATORS
This episode chronicles the history of carnosaurs, large flesh-eating, lizard-hipped dinosaurs. These towering flesh-eaters of the Early Jurassic to Late Cretaceous were a highly successful lot whose fossils have been discovered throughout the world
RISE OF THE PREDATORS A very long time ago, some tiny creature discovered how much more efficient it is to convert its neighbor into food than to convert sunlight into food.
DVD DISC 5 PALEOWORLD: THE PALEONTOLOGIST
Paleontologists are turning to this fossilized tree resin because it is a superb record of life on earth millions of years ago. It is also the only substance which preserves DNA from the time of the dinosaurs. Travel to hazardous amber mines deep in the mountains in the Dominican Republic, on a mission to find new life forms embedded in amber millions of years old.
FLESH ON THE BONE
In the summer of 1995, PaleoWorld followed paleontologist Paul Sereno out to the Sahara to dig for dinosaurs. He came back with two remarkable finds: one, an almost complete body, was an entirely new species that had never been seen before. The other, an enormous skull, has proved to be the biggest predatory dinosaur in the world.
From the smallest notch on a giant fossil, paleontologists can infer the most amazing details of the long-missing parts of a dinosaur--nervous systems, vital organs, giant musculature, and even how well they can hear and see. High-tech medical equipment is now letting us see inside the head of a T. Rex and into the unhatched embryos of dinosaur eggs.
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