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Land of the Mammoth

by Emmanuel Mairesse

Good film. A documentary about the excavation of the Jarkov mammoth, which was found about a decade ago in Siberia – what they hope will turn out to be a complete mammoth frozen in the tundra permafrost. It was cut out of the ground in a big block, and will be unfrozen bit by bit as the paleontologists (and other scientists: paleobotanist, etc.) see what’s inside in a very methodical manner. Really interesting.

These people are also continuing to search the tundra for more fossil finds – work which can only go on a few months out of each year, because of weather constraints. There was also a lot of great information about the current understanding of what life was like for these Pleistocene mammals, and also some speculation about why they became extinct. My only criticism is that the animation was hideous, at least compared with BBCs. But this was a very informative and interesting film.

Actually, I’ve just remembered that I wanted to do a bit of searching to find out the current status of that project. The film ended with them having excavated only a few inches down into the block – it’s such painstaking work that it will take years to fully complete the excavation. But the film was about 5 years old, so they’ve surely made some progress since then. Google, here I come!

Also worth noting that this is the first Netflix film that we received and watched! W00t! (It’s already in the mail back to them, too, so a film about the Titanic will be dispatched in return).


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Sep. 16th, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC)
Mammoth, Netflix
I was just about to point out that I've seen articles about what they've found since then when... :) I'm just going to have to shut up from now on. :D

I thought I'd mention, in case you don't know this about Netflix, is that technically they're not unlimited use. They throttle users from not taking out more than a certain number per month, depending on which plan you're on. For example, we're on the 5-at-a-time and I've noticed that we get throttled so that we only get about 13 or 14 DVDs per billing cycle. The 1-at-a-time is probably around 4 or 5 a month. The good news for 1-at-a-time customers is that they tend to get dibs on DVDs high on demand.
Sep. 17th, 2006 03:59 am (UTC)
Re: Mammoth, Netflix
Argh. That's a bit annoying. Although it probably won't affect us all that much. Yeah, some of our videos will get turned around quickly, but we're also equally likely to keep some for ages. So, it'll probably balance out in the long run. We're on the 5-at-time plan, too. Hopefully it will keep us in new vids! :D

Oh, and if you can locate any of those articles again, I would LOVE to have links . . . I did some googling yesterday, and couldn't really find anything very new. I found something from 2003, but surely they've done a lot since then!
Sep. 17th, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC)
Your icon is making it difficult to keep my pants dry.
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