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NOVA: Arctic Dinosaurs (2008)

Nova , n , a  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Nova
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: February 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001IBCS3M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,635 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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How is it that dinosaurs managed to survive and even thrive in the gloom of the dark and frigid polar regions? It is one of paleontology's most intriguing enigmas; but now, a unique field expedition covered exclusively by NOVA will set out for Alaska's North Slope to defrost a jackpot of new fossil clues.With the help of stunning CGI, experts will breathe life into the polar dinosaurs' lives and environment in vivid detail. The team of researchers will combine extreme engineering and perilous fossil hunting-digging a tunnel into the permafrost in order to collect the dinosaur bones-and with Alaska's spectacular wilderness as a backdrop, Arctic Dinosaurs will reveal a prehistoric lost world for the first time.Special DVD features include: materials and activities for educators; a link to the NOVA Web site; scene selections; closed captions; and described video for the visually impaired. On one DVD5 disc. Region coding: Region 1. Audio: Dolby stereo. Screen format: 16:9 Anamorphic.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Arctic Dinosaurs: Warm-Blooded Creatures of the Cretaceous is an episode of the award-winning public television series NOVA, now available on DVD. A field expedition sets out Alaska's North Slope to search for the answer to a quandary: how did dinosaurs survive in the dark and frigid polar regions? Researchers dig a tunnel into the permafrost in order to collect dinosaur bones, an activity that carries its own perils, while other experts decipher the evidence in order to bring their hypotheses to life with CGI animation. Special features include printable materials for educators and described video for the visually impaired. An amazing fresh look at these remarkable ancient reptiles, perfect for school and public library DVD collections as well as for the enjoyment of dinosaur lovers everywhere. 56 minutes, closed captioned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars opens up some intriguing questions June 21, 2010
By Haseeb
Nova documentaries have always been first rate. I don't think I've ever seen a Nova documentary I didn't like. This documenatary on Arctic dinosaurs is no exception. This documentary takes us above the arctic circle to examine curious fosils scientists have found there. We see reconstructions and animations of the fosils and discussions on the finds. How did they live? What did they eat? How did they survive the polar winters? These are some of the many intriguing questions asked. There are several plausible sounding answers, but no one knows for sure whether they are correct. The most intriguing suggestion is that the current theory as to how the dinosaurs became extinct has been precluded. If the arctic dinosaurs could survive polar winters, then surely they would have been able to survive an asteroid or meteor crashing into earth and the resulting debris blocking out the sun for a while. So how did the dinosaurs become extinct?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Under the pole star August 7, 2013
"Arctic Dinosaurs" is a fascinating NOVA-PBS documentary about fossil finds of dinosaurs in northern Alaska, a region relatively close to the North Pole. Indeed, it was even closer during the so-called Age of the Reptiles. How could dinosaurs, large and supposedly cold-blooded, thrive under such conditions?

Painstaking research seems to suggest that the Alaskan climate during the Cretaceous wasn't Arctic, but temperate. It resembled that of the Alaskan panhandle. However, this still means that the winters were cold and forbidding. Add to this the "Arctic night". For various reasons, palaeontologists believe that the surprising diversity of dinosaur species found in the North Slope didn't migrate further south, but stayed put.

This opens up a lot of intriguing questions about dinosaur biology. Were they really cold-blooded, like crocodiles or lizards? Or were they actually warm-blooded? Birds, after all, are warm-blooded - and they descend from dinosaurs. Personally, I've always been fond of the idea that dinos were warm-blooded, furry and multi-coloured, so the idea of giraffe-like hadrosaurs living under the northern lights has an intrinsic appeal, LOL. (NOVA doesn't discuss their colour, though.)

"Arctic Dinosaurs" ends with the obvious follow-up question: if dinosaurs were warm-blooded (or something close to it), why didn't they survive the climate change after the asteroid impact at the end of the Cretaceous? The scientists interviewed on the show suggest that the climate had began to change for the worse already before the asteroid impact. Climate change was the favoured explanation for dinosaur extinction about 30 years ago, so it's interesting to see that theory stage a little come back. In a dramatic finish, the narrator suggests that perhaps the Alaskan dinosaurs might have been the last of their kind...

Definitively worth watching if you are interested in dinosaurs, or Alaska.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Under The Aurora Borealis. September 30, 2013
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Another amazing entry from PBS's Nova series. For many people the subject of dinosaurs conjures up visions of some steaming Mesozoic swamp with huge cold blooded lizards thundering about in a chaotic and aimless attempt to survive another day. Arctic Dinosaurs gives you another possible side to their story. For some time now paleontologist have been finding dinosaur fossils in polar regions of the earth, in southern Australia, Antarctica and now the far northern slope of Alaska. In this Nova episode the focus is on two expeditions to northern Alaska with specialist from all over the world, Canada, US, UK, Australia and South Africa, contributing to the research. A chance finding in a remote area of Alaska's North Slope led to the excavation of a work cave that gave scientist, what appeared to be, easy access to fossils encased in the permafrost. Flooding and the fragile nature of the fossils made the "dig" anything but simple. The findings led to some startling "new" theories on dinosaur metabolism. Since the early days of dinosaur research there has been an ongoing debate on whether dinosaurs were "cold-blooded" or "warm-blooded" with important points being presented by both sides. In 1978 American paleontologist Robert Bakker published an article in Scientific American titled "Dinosaur Renaissance" in which he focused on his new view of dinosaurs. Bakker went on to publish his classic book "The Dinosaur Heresies" in 1986. While Bakker was not consulted for "Arctic Dinosaurs" many of these same ideas are presented. Using state of the art CG effects Nova gives you an up close look at these polar dinosaurs and the world they lived in. Read more ›
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