Documentary on "Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt"
researchers will be the stars of a documentary to air beginning
tonight and four more times during the coming week. The Lost
Dinosaurs of Egypt, details the finding of a new species of
dinosaur--Paralititan stromeri, one of the most massive animals
ever to walk the earth--by a group of Penn paleontologists, whose
work was announced in 2001 (Almanac
September 4, 2001).
seven-week Penn dig that uncovered Paralititan in January and February
2000 was funded primarily by Cosmos Studios, which has financed
the feature-length documentary on the dig in the Bahariya Oasis.
The documentary, The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt, is the first
in an upcoming series of two-hour science-based entertainment specials
on A&E Network.
are the dates and times when The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt
8, 9 p.m.
9, 1 a.m.
October 12, 9 p.m.
October 13, 1 a.m. & 5 p.m.
67-inch humerus (above) of the herbivore which was standing on the
edge of a tidal channel in very shallow water when it perished 94
million years ago was found in a corner of Egypt by the Penn team.
Its size suggests that the new-found creature is very close to the
size of Argentinosaurus, currently the largest dinosaur known to
man. Lead author Joshua B. Smith, then a Penn doctoral student in
earth and environmental science and the discoverer of Paralititan,
estimates that the giant four-legged beast may have measured 80
to 100 feet long and weighed 60 to 70 tons.
Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 7, October 8, 2002