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Bone Diggers   -  Discontinued

Bone Diggers

Item Number:
56 min.
Closed Caption:
WGBH Boston Video
Grade Level:
7 - 12
During the Ice Age—a million or more years ago—Australia was home to a zoo of extraordinary giant animals, including eight-foot-tall kangaroos, wombats the size of hippos, snakes that were three feet in diameter, and a horned tortoise as big as a Volkswagen. But none was quite as bizarre or fearsome as Thylacoleo, the meat-eating marsupial lion. Pound for pound, this creature had the most powerful bite of any mammal, living or extinct. But even though it was the king of ancient Australian predators, Thylacoleo was eventually toppled from its throne, dying out along with all the rest of the outsized beasts. What happened to drive so many extraordinary megabeasts into oblivion?

Bone Diggers takes NOVA viewers on a paleontological "CSI" deep inside a cave in the remote Australian outback. In pitch darkness, scientists hunt for a rare intact skeleton of the meat-eating marsupial and for clues to what finally overwhelmed the giant creatures of the Ice Age.

Special DVD features include: materials and activities for educators; a link to the NOVA Web site; scene selections; and closed captions.

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