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The four-winged dinosaur

Author: Mark DavisLance LewmanMDTV Productions.WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.)ARTE France.All authors
Publisher: [Boston] : WGBH Boston Video, [2008]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 2002, the discovery of a beautiful and bizarre fossil astonished scientists and reignited the debate over the origin of flight. With four wings and superbly preserved feathers, the 130 million-year-old creature was like nothing paleontologists had ever seen before. In this program, Nova travels to the Chinese stone quarry where the fossil was discovered - a famed fossil treasure-trove - and teams up with the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary television programs
Educational television programs
Science television programs
Television programs
Video recordings for people with visual disabilities
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Educational
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Davis; Lance Lewman; MDTV Productions.; WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.); ARTE France.; Caldecott Productions International.; WGBH Video (Firm)
ISBN: 9781593758226 1593758227
OCLC Number: 226435463
Language Note: Closed-captioned; Described video.
Notes: Title from container.
Special features: Printable materials for educators; access to the Nova Website.
Credits: Written, produced and directed by Mark Davis.
Performer(s): Narrated by Lance Lewman.
Event notes: Originally broadcast as segments of the television program Nova on February 26, 2008.
Target Audience: Not rated.
Description: 1 videodisc (approximately 54 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD, region 1, anamorphic widescreen (16:9) presentation; Dolby Digital.
Contents: 1. Feathered dinosaurs --
2. A puzzle --
3. Microraptor --
4. Modelling --
5. Wind tunnel --
6. An unexpected find.
Other Titles: Nova (Television program)
Responsibility: a Nova production by MDTV Productions for WGBH/Boston in association with ARTE France and Caldecott Productions International ; written, produced and directed by Mark Davis.

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In 2002, the discovery of a beautiful and bizarre fossil astonished scientists and reignited the debate over the origin of flight. With four wings and superbly preserved feathers, the 130 million-year-old creature was like nothing paleontologists had ever seen before. In this program, Nova travels to the Chinese stone quarry where the fossil was discovered - a famed fossil treasure-trove - and teams up with the world's leading figures in paleontology, biomechanics, aerodynamics, animation, and scientific reconstruction to perform an unorthodox experiment: a wind tunnel flight test of a scientific replica of the ancient oddity. Dubbed Microraptor, the crow-sized fossil is one of the smallest dinosaurs ever found and one of the most controversial, challenging conventional theories and assumptions about the evolution of flight.

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