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RE: new BBC program(me)

I've also been working with these folks and so far they seem better than
most dino-documentaries; at least interested in the science (and

One horror they're trying to avoid is the "Animal Face-off"-style show,
e.g., the elephant vs. rhino battle that was shown in the US a year or so
ago, and bombed in a major way. Glad there was a 30-ft pole between me and
that one. Sad (although unsurprising) to hear that the Discovery Channel USA
has not learned its lesson, although BBC folks here say they have. Hoping
this dino one is much better; not hard to do.


John R. Hutchinson
Structure and Motion Laboratory
The Royal Veterinary College
University of London
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ken Carpenter [mailto:KCarpenter@dmns.org] 
> Sent: 29 August 2004 23:57
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: new BBC program(me)
> Greetings all. Here is another FYI about the goings on 
> professionally for me.
> The BBC is doing another set of programs (programme for you 
> in England) on dinosaurs. They were here earlier in the month 
> filming about ankylosaurs (yeah!). Unfortunately, we filmed 
> (again) at the core library at the US Geological Survey. I 
> was supposed to be looking for a box among the thousands 
> there on row-after-row of shelving (think: the end of Indiana 
> Jones). Said box had a scute of an ankylosaur and I discussed 
> its function. They also filmed a tail and tail club that they 
> had provided me (Thanks BBC!). These items were provided so 
> that Frank Sanders and I could figure out the amount of force 
> the club could generate (2 ½-5 tons/sq inch). This was a 
> natural continuation of our work on Stegosaurus tail spike 
> force. The results of that were presented as a poster at SVP 
> 2002, and the write-up in the theropod volume now at Indiana 
> University Press (due out early next year).