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> Dear Palaeontologists,
I wonder if anyone out there can help me. I work for the BBC Natural
History Unit which along with Sir David Attenborough are embarking on a new
ten part series on Mammals. Over the next three years we hope to film some
of the most exciting stories and behaviours of Mammals all over the world.
As always, we are dependent on help and advice from scientists and amateurs,
and would appreciate any ideas or thoughts you may have with regards to the
first episode: 'The Pioneers' intends to somewhat race through the origin
and evolution of mammals. We intend to use several computer-generated
reconstructions of now extinct mammal-like reptiles and mammals. I was
wondering if anyone answer the following question for me:
If you could re-create certain extinct animals for this series, which would
you chose and why?
For instance it is highly likely that Megazostrodon will make the final
cut, but what of the others...Uintatherium, Indricotherium, Syndtoceras and
Glyptodons are reasonably unusual compared to extant mammals.
If you have any suggestions please feel free to contact me at any time. I
look forward to hearing from some of you soon.
BBC Natural History Unit
Bristol BS8 2LR
Tel. 0117-973 2211
Fax.: 0117-946 7384