Dig Fossils - 21 minutes; Mazon Productions.
is labeled "for children of all ages," but it is basically for the younger
set. There are illustrations of sedimentary processes including how
fossils are developed. Safety precautions in collecting are featured
and information on source books dealing with fossil collecting are listed.
in Ash - 60 minutes; NOVA.
reviews the work of Mike Voorhies, paleontologist at three sites in north-central
Nebraska and, in particular, at the ashfall site where many rhinoceroses
were covered by an ashfall from a prehistoric eruption 1,000 miles away
in southwestern Idaho; this eruption had an intensity at least 100 times
greater than that of Mt. St. Helens. Seventy skeletons of five species
of horses were also uncovered. The evolution of the horse is also
discussed. Joe Thomasson, a paleo-botanist at Fort Hays State, is
involved in a discussion of prehistoric flora.
Clues to Ancient Life - 6
1/2 min; Witte Museum
Although short, this is an
excellent review of fossils and their relation to life on earth.
Lake - 17 minutes; Dinosaur Nature Association.
tape describes the sedimentation of the Green River Formation (Eocene)
where many fossils are found, inparticular, the Green River fishes.
An additional segment attached to the tape illustrates the field collection
and laboratory preparation of the fossils.
of Kansas - 16 minutes; Instructional Video.
This video shows Kansas fossils
and the environment in which they were formed.
Mammoth Site - 51 minutes; West River Video Productions.
an excellent tape that presents a very detailed tour of the site, describing
the environment of the area and what transpired 26,000 years ago when mammoths
and other mammals were trapped at this site.
of the Ice Age - 54 minutes; NOVA.
contains a detailed discussion of the extinction of the mammoths throughout
the world and the various factors that influenced that extinction including
climatic and vegetation changes as well as man. Recent discoveries
indicate that the mammoths existed until 4,000 years ago on Wrangel Island
whereas it was previously thought that they became extinct 11,000 years
The Mammoth Site
- DVD, 55 minutes - This site near Hot Springs, SD, which is more than 26,000
years old, was a sinkhole in the Spearfish Shale (Triassic) which trapped as
many as 100 Columbian Mammoths and Wooly Mammoths. So far, they have
uncovered 56 skeletons (53 Columbian, 3 Wooly). Other mammals were trapped as
Story in the Rocks - 18 minutes; Current Affairs Multimedia.
interest introduction to Paleontology containing some realistic models
of prehistoric creatures in their natural settings. Reference is
made to the use of fossils in oil exploration.