Season 35, Episode 13 The Four Winged Dinosaur
First Aired: February 26, 2008
The 2002 discovery in a Chinese stone quarry of the 350-million-year-old fossil of a four-winged, pigeon-sized dinosaur, and the possibility that the creature---dubbed the Microraptor---is the "missing link" between dinosaurs and birds, is examined. Included: a wind-tunnel experiment using a Microraptor model; remarks from paleontologists Larry Martin, Mark Norell and Xu Xing, American Museum of Natural History artist Mick Ellison, anatomist Farish Jenkins and aerodynamicist Kenny Breuer.
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- Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)