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MIPTV Picks ’09 – Secrets of the Dinosaur Mummy

This HD special follows scientists studying what they refer to as both the Holy Grail and the Mona Lisa of dino remains, and the fascinating processes by which they uncover 'Leonardo''s - and indeed, the Earth's - back story.
March 19, 2009


In 2000, a team of amateur paleontologists in Montana happened upon an incredibly important fossil – that of a 77 million-year-old, duck-billed dinosaur. The fossilized Brachylophosaurus, dubbed ‘Leonardo’ by the scientific team examining it, was a remarkably special find, in that it was the first dinosaur mummy unearthed with intact digestive tract contents. This HD special follows the scientists studying what they refer to as both the Holy Grail and the Mona Lisa of dino remains, and the fascinating processes by which they uncover Leonardo’s – and indeed, the Earth’s – back story.
Partners: Midcanada Entertainment & Myth Merchant Films for Discovery Channel (US, Canada and International) and ARTE, distributed through Looking Glass International
Length: 1 x 60 minutes
Aired: September 2008 (Discovery Channel US and Canada)
Rights available: Terrestrial – worldwide excluding Germany, France, India and China

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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