When Dinosaurs Ruled: China | 1999
Documentary that explores the latest in a series of paleological discoveries in China which support the hypothesis that dinosaurs evolved into birds. In 1993, after the Gobi Desert had been off limits to Westerners for over 70 years, dino hunter Mark Norell found evidence that Oviraptors sat on nests of their young. Also, an amateur fossil hunter and farmer discovered the fossil of a Sinosauropteryx (Chinese Dragon Wing). The fossil was so highly detailed, it appears the creature had feathers. Then, in an area known as Paleo-Pompeii, one of the most fossil-rich regions of the world, an animal related to the Raptors was discovered. But, instead of teeth, its jaws had a beak and instead of scales, it was covered with feathers. It was named Caudipteryx, meaning tail feather.