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From SCIENCE NEWS
DINOSAUR DOCUMENTARY A REAL-LIFE DETECTIVE STORY
from The San Francisco Chronicle
Los Angeles -- What is it about dinosaurs, anyway? Since "Jurassic
1993, people just can't seem to get enough of them. Paleontologist Josh
Smith, who stars in A&E's new documentary "The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt,"
offers a hypothesis.
"I think largely the attraction is they're really big, but they're dead so
they can't hurt us. You can go, 'Look at the big teeth on that
that cool! But it can't kill me because it's dead.' We can still study
them, but at a safe distance."
With "Lost Dinosaurs," Smith and his colleagues at the University of
Pennsylvania got a chance to study the prehistoric creatures up close when
they visited the Egyptian desert in 1999 to try to find fresh evidence for
Spinosaurus, a finned dinosaur first uncovered in the Bahariya Oasis by
German scientist Ernst Stromer in 1916. Stromer's collection of
bones, stored in a Munich museum, was demolished in a 1944 Allied bombing