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Living fossils, the crocodilians

Identifier: Film Collection no. 94

Scope and Contents

The history of living fossils is the topic of discussion for this broadcast. Charles M. Bogert, AMNH herpetologist, discusses the habits and history of huge reptiles, such as garials, caymans and other crocodiles. The living fossils indicate that the appearance of the creatures has not changed substantially in more than 150 million years; Bogert exhibits a giant crocodile skull over six feet in length on the program. Using a live ten-foot alligator in the studio, Ross Allen, owner of the Reptile Institute at Silver Springs, Florida, demonstrates methods of defense used by the species. Film material of crocodiles hatching eggs and rearing young, the collection of young and adult animals, and closeups of the creatures further augments this show.


  • 1955


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1 Film Reel (30 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 16 mm.

1 Videocassette (U-Matic (30 minutes)) : sound, black and white ; 3/4 in.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

3/4 in., U-Matic, viewing copy

Other Finding Aids

Finding aid: script.


Original format: 16mm kinescope.


Originally aired Feb. 6, 1955 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.



Credits: Charles Collingwood, host; Mel Ferber, director; Robert Northshield, producer; Jac Venza, assistant producer; Shelby Gordon, script editor; Hamilton Benz, writer; Joan Woodward, associate director; Grover Cole, production design; Perry Miller, film research; Al Mifelow, program assistant; Jerome Bender, film editor; Frank Protzman, technical director; Myron Bleam, set director; Hal Anderson, light director; Dee Chandler, program coordinator.

Living fossils, the crocodilians, 1955
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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