11 June 2012
Hesperornis in Moving Pictures
Hesperornis is another animal that needs a good documentary, well, there is one, but it's hard to find. I think that brings my list up to all Chinese dinosaurs and now also fossil birds. If only I were a billionaire, I could produce documentaries on fossil birds and Chinese dinosaurs. Alas I am not, so what we do have in the way of "movies" is the Dinosaur Train episode from yesterday and those Youtube tribute videos. Now, Hesperornis does appear in episode 3 of the first season of Primeval and it also shows up in a BBC documentary called Sea Monsters. While these are more for entertainment type shows, we do learn something about the birds and watch them acting out life in hypothetical situations such as swimming about the Thames and interacting with an older man on a Cretaceous beach. The BBC documentary is proving rather hard to find clips of, though there is none translated into Spanish.
National Geographic has also put up a small blurb on three sea creatures of the Mesozoic and one of these is a model of Hesperornis, so there's that to look at if you wish. Both National Geographic and most of the BBC shows have very tight lids on them though, and that is why it is hard to find good clips.