CPTV Roars with Nova's Night of Dinosaurs on Tuesday, February 17

Release Date: 01/27/2009

HARTFORD, Conn.– Dinosaurs grip the primal part of our cultural imagination in a way that few other creatures can equal. Despite this passion, though, there’s still plenty we don’t know about the ancient lizards. On Tuesday, February 17, Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) gives viewers an informative look at some of the strangest and most perplexing dinosaurs to ever exist, with back-to-back episodes of Nova.
 
First up at 8 p.m., Nova investigates the mysterious feathered dinosaurs that are challenging old ideas about the origin of bird flight in The Four-Winged Dinosaur. The central character in this drama is a strange little dinosaur with wings on its legs as well as its arms. The pigeon-sized microraptor is the smallest adult dinosaur ever found – and perhaps the first known tree dweller. But could it really fly? Is it the key to understanding the origin of flight or merely an evolutionary dead end unrelated to the ancestry of birds? To help solve the riddle, Nova assembles a team of top paleontologists, aeronautical engineers and paleo-artists for a groundbreaking experiment. The results have surprising implications for long-accepted ideas about how winged flight began.
 
Nova: Arctic Dinosaurs follows at 9 p.m., and seeks to answer the question:how is it that dinosaurs managed to survive and even thrive in the gloom of the dark and frigid polar regions? Watch a unique field expedition set out for Alaska’s North Slope to defrost a jackpot of new fossil clues. The team of researchers combines extreme engineering and perilous fossil hunting in order to collect the dinosaur bones. Aided by stunning CGI, Nova breathes life into the polar dinosaurs’ lives and environment in vivid detail. With Alaska’s spectacular wilderness as a backdrop, Arctic Dinosaurs reveals a prehistoric lost world.
 
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN, www.cpbn.org). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women's Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television.  The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and Where We Live. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.cptv.org and / or www.wnpr.org.
 
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Airdates and Times
Nova: The Four-Winged Dinosaur
Airs Tuesday, February 17 at 8 p.m.
 
Nova: Arctic Dinosaurs
Airs Tuesday, February 17 at 9 p.m.
 
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