*First broadcast on March 2, 2023. Japan, once thought to have no dinosaur fossils, is now a hotspot for dinosaur discovery. Kamuysaurus japonicus, found in Hokkaido Prefecture, overturned conventional wisdom. Dozens of Japanese museums feature dinosaurs, and dinosaur-themed events are popular with people of all ages. Our guest, dinosaur expert Kobayashi Yoshitsugu, shares the latest information, and offers his view on why the Japanese find dinosaurs so captivating. In Plus One, we see some entertaining modern takes on dinosaurs.
Leading fossil hunter Kobayashi Yoshitsugu talks about Japan's enthusiasm for dinosaurs.
A cross-section of a Kamuysaurus japonicus shin bone. Just like in a tree trunk, there are rings showing the age.
Peter Barakan tries his hand at freeing a fossil from the rock that encases it.