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RE: New BBC series research

Lots of good ideas filtering through already from everyone. Personally, I'm
not too fussed what animals are featured but a CGI palaeo-environment
featuring the flora and fauna of the Campanian of the Dinosaur Park
formation would get my vote.

I hope that this series is as good as its premise and I wish you every
success but, I implore you, please remember not to fall into the trap of all
prehistoric themed programmes - namely portraying theory as absolute fact. A
simple quantification of statements such "It's possible that....." or maybe
"One theory suggests......" etc etc. would be spot on, as opposed to "These
animals migrated north in August......" or similar. It's a small thing that
makes a massive difference to the viability of the programme.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] On Behalf Of
Alex Freeman
Sent: 04 November 2009 15:34
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
Subject: New BBC series research

Hi - I've just joined the Dino mailing list for the first time, and
would like to introduce myself.  Firstly, apologies for those also on
the vrt paleo mailing list who already know me and have already heard of
the new series I'm working on.

I'm working at the BBC Science department, starting research on a new
series on vertebrate palaeontology (mostly dinosaurs, but other mesozoic
creatures will be covered).  It will feature CGI animation, but also at
least 50% of the programme will be on the actual research, showing what
we can tell from a fossil, and how (we want to showcase a variety of

We're trying to avoid the 'Usual Suspects' (T rex and the like), and
feature less well-known (by the public at least) beasts and recent
discoveries.  Having said that, the usual TV requirements will not go
away - big, fierce, and weird are all winners!

So, I'd love to hear from anyone about their 'favourite' beast which
they think deserves the limelight, stunning fossils that tell us a lot
about a particular species, group, or environment, unusual techniques
that are revealing new findings - anything, really!  At this stage it is
almost carte blanche.

I can't tell you all too much about the series apart from the above, for
commercial confidentiality reasons.  It is pretty well-funded (we hope
to be able to film fossils wherever they are) and is a co-production
between the BBC and a US channel, with worldwide distribution.  Feel
free to Google me if you want to know more about my credentials - I
don't want to fill up your inboxes unnecessarily!  I'm not a
palaeontologist, but I have a biology background.

Thanks for your time,


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