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Lost Worlds Vanished Lives
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Four forty minute programmes which bring to life the world of fossils with the use of computer graphics, animations, model work and time lapse techniques. Titles include: 'Magic On The Rocks', 'Putting Flesh On Bone', 'Dinosaur' and 'The Rare Glimpses'.
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1) "Magic in the Rocks", looks at the types of rocks where fossils can be found, from limestone, mudstone and sandstone to coal and amber. We travel from the Dorset coast to a quarry in Leicestershire then across the world to the Dominican Republic and Arizona and back to Glasgow and Edinburgh. We visit mines, petrified forests and swamps and laboratories where fossils are being extracted from their stony matrix, X rayed, cat scanned and manipulated in 3D computer cross-sections.
2) "Putting Flesh on Bone", explores what the animals looked like and how they behaved when they were alive. Some of the fossils are preserved in remarkable detail so that you can see the outlines of their flesh and the contents of their stomachs. Fur is clearly visible around a pterosaur fossil and the large breastbone suggests substantial flight muscles allowing powerful flight rather than just gliding. We visit the Smithsonian Institute where they have made a half-sized pterosaur model (large full-sized fossils can range from 35 to 50 feet wing-spans) to try to work out how the real giants of the air could fly.
3) "Dinosaur", provides the most familiar information. Dinosaurs have been 'done to death' by, seemingly, dozens of speculative and factual documentaries since David made this. But even if this episode is full of facts that have become familiar to us, it's better presented than most and still interesting.
4) "The Rare Glimpses", examines areas of the fossil record where information is sparse. We visit The Burgess Shales in British Columbia, Canada where there's a rare deposit of soft-bodied animals, the sort that don't usually fossilize. The animals of The Burgess Shale are beautiful, unlikely and bizarre.Read more ›
The polystyrene-rock title sequence and some Jaws-like music add an unintentional period touch.
The most memorable moment for me comes in the first episode, "Magic in the Rocks", I think, where he's fossil hunting with an expert on the coast of England. They find a rock and he hits it with the hammer and chisel, to reveal a most wonderfully preserved amonite fossil inside, to which David gasps "Oh gosh! That's beautiful!". Still gives me goose-pimples just remembering that scene. For that moment among many, you should get this DVD. "Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives", is a crowning achievement in David's portfolio; it's a shame it has disappeared more or less into obscurity. Fortunately DVD has saved it from fossilation itself, giving new generations the chance to enjoy it again!
For adults and children alike, for entertainment value and education, "Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives" is a real gem.
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A fine series from David Attenborough first presented in the 1980s. The focus of the series is almost exclusively on rocks and fossils. Read morePublished 8 days ago by L.W
Excellent buy- David Attenborough at his best. The format is a little dated as it was compiled quite a number of years ago - the graphics and animation are relatively basic (the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Peter Mercer
I purchased this recently re-transmitted BBC programme (on the occasion of DA's 90th) as a gift to the local school now in possession of my Fossil/Mineral collection. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kenneth J. Morris
There was a lot of wear on the outer cover, but thats expected for second hand. Overall was pleased with purchase and when it was delivered.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Although it's an old series by now, it's still genuine Attenborough. I love it!Published 5 months ago by Morten Duckert Rasted