Could a pterodactyl as large as a light aircraft have flown?
Did millipedes once grow to six feet long? How did insects
become preserved in amber for over 50 million years? All these
questions and more are answered through the study of fossils...
Word, Vanished Lives contains four 40 minute programmes
which, using time lapse technology, stop-frame animation and
computer technology, bring to life the world of fossils to
show us what creatures lived millions of years ago. In his
journeys to the most famous fossil sites in the world, David
Attenborough discovers a prehistoric world teeming with life
and full of enticing clues as to how life evolved.
fossils reveal how dinosaurs hunted, lived in groups and cared
for their young. And they offer glimpses of the most bizarre
creatures that ever lived, such as tiny horses and an animal
that is half bird and half reptile. With the help of expert
palaeontologists, fossil enthusiasts from around the world
and sophisticated modelling. Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives
breathes life into Earth's distant past.
the most impressive revelation in this collection is the discovery
of an 18 foot long wing belonging to a pterosaur. Both wings
together would have given a 35-40 foot wing span, something
that in nature seemed almost impossible. With the information
available the Smithsonian Institution in America commissioned
a model of one which could flap its wings and fly. Due to
costs, a half-size model was created to prove that it could
fly. The results are amazing and the model is an impressive
feat of engineering.
fact that fossils can be found anywhere will surely inspire
many a young budding archaeologist. In fact, Attenborough
himself recounts the story of his childhood, and how he would
go fossil hunting. And, as he discovered fossils when breaking
rocks in half, he states that he found it amazing that he
was the first human to see each fossil, which had laid hidden
for over 200 million years.
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