A geologist turned paleontologist has found a rare femur from an Albertosaurus, but when he unveils it, a mummified body is found in the mouth of another dinosaur skeleton.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. Julia Ogden (as Hélène Joy)
Geordie Johnson ...
Barclay Blake
Rudolph Sutton
Mary Ann McConnell
Sean Kaufmann ...
Lukas DeWitt
Clyde Dunbar
London Angelis ...
Murdoch's boy


Detective Murdoch and Dr. Ogden attend the Dinosaur Ball and put their recently acquired dancing skills to good use. At the appropriate time their host, Barkely Blake, is set to reveal his latest find from the fields of Alberta. A religious fanatic interrupts the proceedings but when the dinosaur is shown, the gigantic skeleton has a body in its jaws. The dead man turns out to be Lukas DeWitt, a member of Blake's last expedition. Dr. Ogden believe that DeWitt was shot but using a new photographic device that takes special pictures with x-rays, they are unable to locate a bullet. As Murdoch investigates, there is no shortage of suspects, including one of Blake's rivals, Professor Rudolph Sutton. When they find bits of concrete in DeWitt's wounds, the x-ray machine reveals something else about the artifacts Blake found. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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17 February 2009 (UK)  »

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This episode takes place in 1896. See more »


When Dr. Ogden and Murdoch are examining DeWitt's body, if you look closely you can see DeWitt's chest moving up and down though he is supposed to be dead. See more »


Rudolph Sutton: Barkeley Blake is a gaseous, bloated mental midget who just happened to pull the wool over the scientific world's eyes.
Detective William Murdoch: Clearly, Professor Sutton, you do not care for Mr. Blake.
Rudolph Sutton: No, I, um, I adore the way people confuse scientific rigor with nice teeth.
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Pick the bones out of this
29 October 2016 | by (Wales) – See all my reviews

This is a top-notch episode in which there are various twists and turns before the full extent of the wrongdoing of the various parties is uncovered.

X-rays are the scientific element of this episode, and they reveal both what is there and what is not there, though a certain amount of artistic licence is taken with the production of the images. If only there were a machine that laid bare the secrets and jealousies of the characters, then this case would have been solved in a jiffy, but failing such a device,we have detective Murdoch and doctor Ogden to get us to the answer, even if the good doctor is prevented from performing her work due to a court order. Still, the creative mind can find ways round such things when necessary...

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