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Re: WWD misrepresented on Discover

John Bois wrote:
> Ben Stiller is now the narrator of chopped up bits of WWD.  But, where the
> conceit of WWD--that it is a what-if show, what if you could be there to
> witness dino behavior--is understood (or is it?--I mean I understood it,
> perhaps most don't), the discover show portrays it for real.  And so we
> see the purely hypothetical sauropod nesting in forest scene told to
> children as if it really happened that way (as far as I know the only
> sauropod nesting sites are in the open--ala Argentina).  I'm not bitching
> at WWD who obviously made best faith efforts at accurate portrayal and
> responsible hypotheses making...just complaining about the creep of quasi
> science dressed up as for-real science, especially to children who are
> unable to distinguish one from the other.

There's a special on TV tonight here in Australia called "The Mystery of
the Jurassic", about dinosaur excavations in Argentina. Lots of WWD
footage is shown, and most prominent in the TV promo is a clip of the
most famour Jurassic dinosaur ever to come from Argentina -
Tyrannosaurus of course!


Dann Pigdon                   Australian Dinosaurs:
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