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Museum of Life

Digging Up the Past (2 of 6) (#102)

Jimmy Doherty goes behind the scenes at the Natural History Museum to join the people who are uncovering secrets, solving mysteries and making discoveries among the 70 million items in the historic collections. Jimmy Doherty and the team find out about the discovery of a new dinosaur, the latest thinking on the personality of a T Rex, and what scientists are learning from a human skull over a hundred thousand years old. [59 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: For the first time viewers will get a real glimpse into life behind-the-scenes for hundreds of scientists in this much-loved institution. The series shows some of the important work the Museum's leading scientists do as well as tell the stories of some of the amazing specimens. Museum of Life is hosted by Jimmy Doherty, who as a young man, volunteered at the Museum. Jimmy returns to join the Museum scientists, working with some of the millions of specimens looked after there, and travelling to projects around the world. Jimmy Doherty is joined by engineer Kate Bellingham, doctor of tropical medicine Chris Van Tulleken, environmental scientist Liz Bonnin and zoologist Mark Carwardine. They travel with scientists who are tackling a diverse range of global problems such as threats to the Earth's biodiversity, protecting delicate ecosystems, environmental pollution and human diseases. The Museum's world-class collections include 70 million specimens. In Museum of Life, viewers will follow the fascinating stories of some of these specimens such as the iconic Diplodocus, the rare and fragile Archaeopteryx and the extinct dodo.

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