Japanese palaeontologists make a once-in-a-century discovery: a fossilized skeleton of an 8-meter (26 feet) long dinosaur.
Considered the discovery of the century in Japan and the rest of the paleontological world, the great dinosaur of Japan is a complete fossilized skeleton of an 8-meter long dinosaur.
The dinosaur was given the name Mukawaryu, a name based on the town in Hokkaido (southern Japan) where it was uncovered.
The Mukawaryu dinosaur closely resembles the Hadrosauridae dinosaur species, a herbivore from over 72 million years ago.
The palaeontology find opened up a new world of dinosaur research in Japan, yet also created a mystery.
The Mukawaryu land dinosaur was discovered in a location that, eons ago, would have been in the ocean. So how did the fossil get there?
Join in, as we travel 72 million years back in time to uncover the amazing answer in Discovery of the Century: The Great Dinosaur of Japan.
Using CGI, Japanese tv-interviews and paleontological expert narration, the NHK documentary seeks to re-create how these dinosaurs lived 72 million years ago.
- Release date2017
- Full runtime49 min
- Directed byKazuki Ueda
- Narrated byJonathan Sherr
- PresentersNorito Yashima, Yoshitsugu Kobayashi, Mayuki Wakuda
- Production companyNHK
- Produced forNHK