NOVA Uncovers New Clues to the Catastrophe that Ended the Reign of Dinosaurs on "Day the Dinosaurs Died"

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21 December 2017
Day the Dinosaurs Died
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“NOVA: Day the Dinosaurs Died”
Premieres Wednesday, December 27 at 9 PM ET on PBS
(Check your local listings)

          66 million years ago, a seven-mile-wide asteroid collided with Earth, triggering a chain of events suspected of ending the dinosaurs’ reign. But experts have long debated exactly what happened when the asteroid struck and how the giant beasts met their end.
           Now, scientists have uncovered compelling new clues about the catastrophe—from New Jersey to the wilds of Patagonia—and an international expedition of scientists has drilled into the impact crater off the coast of Mexico, recovering crucial direct evidence of the searing energy and giant tsunami unleashed by the asteroid. Join NOVA as scientists piece together a chillingly precise unfolding of the Earth’s biggest cataclysm, moment by moment. And discover how our early mammalian ancestors managed to survive and repopulate the Earth.

U.S. EXPERTS FEATURED IN FILM (Arranged by state):

California - Livermore - Dr. David Dearborn
Astrophysicist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Colorado - Boulder - Brian Toon
Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences , University of Colorado Boulder

Colorado - Denver- Tyler Lyson, Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Curator of Vertebrate - Palaeontology

New Jersey - New Brunswick - Sonia M. Tikoo, Rutgers University
Assistant Professor of Planetary Sciences

New Jersey - Lawrenceville - William B. Gallagher, Rider University (Lawrenceville, NJ)
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Geological, Environmental, & Marine Sciences

New Jersey - Sewell - Kenneth Lacovara
Edelman Fossil Park of Rowan University

New Mexico - Albuquerque - Thomas E. Williamson
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

New Mexico - Albuquerque - Dr. Mark Boslough
Center for Computing Research Sandia National Laboratories

New York City - Mark A. Norell, American Museum of Natural History
Division Chair and Macaulay Curator, Division of Palaeontology

Pennsylvania- State College- Tim Bralower
Paleontologist, Pennsylvania State University

Texas- Austin - Chris Lowery
Paleontologist, University of Texas Institute for Geophysics

Texas - Austin- Sean Gulick
University of Texas, Austin

Washington, DC - Kirk Johnson, National Museum of Natural History
Sant Director, Smithsonian Institution

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