In the summer of 1999, Larry and Sheryl Lozier found the near-complete skeleton of an 11,000-year-old mastodon in their Hyde Park, New York, backyard. The program wraps computer graphics and animation around the still-unfolding story of the Loziers' backyard dig.
Warren Allmon, director of the Paleontological Research Institution in Ithaca, New York, organized an excavation of the Loziers' pond.
Not long ago North America was host to saber tooth cats, camels, mammoths and lions. Among these now seemingly exotic creatures, was the distant relative of the elephant: the mastodon. This story is launched from a backyard pond in Hyde Park, New York, where the most recent mastodon site was discovered.
With the cooperation of some of today's leading paleontologists, learn how the mastodon evolved, how it migrated out of Africa and how it survived in the North American forests for roughly 3.7 million years.
We'll show how it differed from its more famous cousin, the mammoth and we'll explore the controversy among the major theories explaining how and why this keystone species disappeared.
Title: Mastodon In Your Backyard
File Size: 699 MB
Video Length: 00:48:51
Video Codec: XviD
Video Resolution: 704x528
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Audio Bitrate: 224 kbit/s
Audio Codec: (AC3)