The piece focused on Horner, his discoveries and his unorthodox approach to thinking about dinosaurs. The segment also featured Schweitzer, her work with Horner and her discoveries from an Eastern Montana dinosaur originally nicknamed "B. rex." The 68-million year-old dinosaur yielded protein, soft tissue, blood vessels and tissue typical of a female bird.
Horner is Regent's Professor of Paleontology at MSU's Museum of the Rockies. Schweitzer, a Montana native, is associate professor in the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University and associate curator of vertebrate paleontology at the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences.
Correspondent Lesley Stahl and a film crew came to MSU in May to film Horner and Schweitzer for a segment on scientists who study extinct animals. The segment ended up focusing on Horner and Schweitzer, with the other footage saved for another segment, said producer Meghan Frank.
While on campus, 60 Minutes filmed in the Museum of the Rockies, the Imaging and Chemical Analysis Laboratory and the modular buildings just north of the new Chemistry and Biochemistry Building. The crew also filmed at Egg Mountain near Choteau.
The 60 Minutes piece and an article about it can be viewed at http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/11/12/60minutes/main5629962.shtml?tag=currentVideoInfo;segmentUtilities
For related articles, see:
"MSU scientist to be featured in two national Geographic Shows" at http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/nwview.php?article=7587
"Dinosaur diggers bring mobile lab, new techniques to Eastern Montana" at http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/nwview.php?article=5980&log
"Eastern Montana dinosaur now yields protein that's 68 million years old" at
"Paper describes new dinosaur species found near Choteau" at http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/nwview.php?article=5148
"MSU, Mongolian paleontologists find 67 dinosaurs in one week" at
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