From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of Ann Schmidt
Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2001 9:16 AM
Subject: Re: walking with beasts fact files
>This looks like some really great stuff. I'm pleased that they are using both the genus and species names for most of the
>animals. From what is known about the show would experts say it is fairly accurate in its depictions, perhaps more so then
>Walking with Dinosaurs?
I did not work on this project, but I know and have talked with folks who did. The producers are doing more (particularly in the various digital cable and digital satellite formats) to get out information about what is known, what is inference, and what is pure speculation.
That being said, some of the guys I talked to lameneted the fact that the production team was (on some occasions, at least) still more interested in big, spectacular, and/or scary than in well-constrained data or well-grounded fact. To which I say "my world, and welcome to it"...
The previous "that being said" being said, I think that the fact that the general public knows diddly about Cenozoic mammals (with the exceptions of the Pleistocene tundra fauna and the African hominids) will mean that WWB will be a great help in introducting the world to the Tertiary.
Does anyone know what the episode breakdown will be like (i.e., topics or faunas)? From my glance at the the taxa involved, it is almost all Eurasian, with at least one African and one South American fauna represented. Didn't notice any North American forms (expect protests from protoceratid and merycoidodontid workers! :-).
Thomas R. Holtz,