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Palaeontologists to dissect a dinosaur on TV

May 18, 2015 | Comment icon 10 comments

What lies inside a Tyrannosaurus rex ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 David Monniaux
A new documentary will see a team of experts build and then autopsy a life-size Tyrannosaurus replica.
There's only so much you can learn about a dinosaur by looking at its bones, so to help discover more about these prehistoric reptiles a new National Geographic documentary will be following the efforts of a team of palaeontologists as they put together a full scale replica of a Tyrannosaurus rex and then conduct an autopsy on it.

The team includes scientist Steve Brusatte along with several veterinary surgeons, biologists and other experts who will painstakingly recreate the creature in exquisite detail.
"I jumped at the chance because, over time, films have made dinosaurs become more fantasy and less realistic," Brusatte said in a statement. "I wanted to build a model of the T. rex that was completely accurate and in line with current science."

Once the replica is complete the documentary will show the team dissecting it in the same way as they would if it were a real animal. While Brusatte didn't want to give away too much in advance he did hint at the likelihood of a few surprises inside the body of the carnivorous behemoth.

The film is due to air on the National Geographic Channel on June 7th.

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by bubblykiss 7 years ago
Oh good I was looking for a Watership Down style program to traumatize my young nephews with.
Comment icon #2 Posted by jarjarbinks 7 years ago
Cool, but not as cool as the dude who was eaten alive by a snake, wearing a special suit
Comment icon #3 Posted by Atuke 7 years ago
I hope they have to pluck it first. Most likely these giants had feathers of some kind and were more bird-like than just some lumbering reptile.
Comment icon #4 Posted by YoshiYoshi 7 years ago
It's a moot point whether or not they had feathers and kept them into adulthood.This program on the television looks worth the watch.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Kenemet 7 years ago
(sigh) Headline should read "Paleontologist and fans" -- not a team of paleontologists. Yeah, I'm picky. But after reading "a few surprises" mentioned, I'm less than enamored of the idea. Picky, picky, picky.
Comment icon #6 Posted by paperdyer 7 years ago
It's a moot point whether or not they had feathers and kept them into adulthood.This program on the television looks worth the watch. Why do you say that it's worth watching? The dino will be fake and built to someone's specifications. So the insides of the dino will be known before the autopsy, so what's the point!?spleen/heart "Oh, look at how (insert large/small/odd-shaped....) the liver /kidneys... are/is!"
Comment icon #7 Posted by BeastieRunner 7 years ago
Sounds like fun TV!
Comment icon #8 Posted by Whatsinausername 7 years ago
SO they're going to build a fake dinosaur, fill it with fake guts, then dissect it and try and then be amazed at what they discover? :lol: :lol:
Comment icon #9 Posted by Jeanne dArc 7 years ago
If it doesn't have feathers, I will be extremely disappointed.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Nnicolette 7 years ago
Lol autopsy a replica? At the end do they decide why the dinosaurs died or what the plastic is made of?

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