Fla. Museum featured in National Geographic "Prehistoric Predators" TV series Tuesday

April 27th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — National Geographic Television will feature the Florida Museum of Natural History in a show on prehistoric predators at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Florida Museum vertebrate paleontology curator Bruce MacFadden was interviewed for the “Terror Bird” show, which includes footage of the Titanis skeleton sculpture from the museum’s “Hall of Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life and Land” exhibit.

Titanis lived on the South American continent and was a top predator after the dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years ago. They used their strong beaks and neck muscles to spear through the meat and bones of captured prey. Most of these birds were flightless.

“Terror Bird,” part of the “Prehistoric Predators” series, also airs at 12 a.m. Wednesday, 1 p.m. May 3 and 5 p.m. May 5.

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Writer: Kelly Donovan
Media contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054, pramey@flmnh.ufl.edu