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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
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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