Saturday, June 9, 2012

Science Saturday: Extinct: The Horizon Guide to Dinosaurs

I came across this gem on YouTube last weekend and watched it to wind down my Sunday night: Extinct: The Horizon Guide to Dinosaurs.

The good: It moves at a snappy pace and a lot of new (to me) information about dinosaurs. Paleontology isn't exactly my strong suit, after all. Also, the occasional melodrama is much more tolerable and tongue-in-cheek than in some other BBC productions.

The bad: If you're familiar with Horizon's series on the BBC, there's not really a whole lot that's new here. You know how Kid Rock's "All Summer Long" is unashamedly, unabashedly "Sweet Home Alabama" with some nostalgic lyrics thrown on top? This is like the "All Summer Long" of dinosaur documentaries. There's a whole lot of old footage that pads this one out. A whole lot.

One interesting fact: Some dinosaurs may have been warm-blooded!

Would recommend? If you have an hour to kill and like dinosaurs, sure. If you're a dino-nerd, or already familiar with Horizon's BBC series, I imagine there's not a whole that's new to you.

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