T-Rex Autopsy (Spoiler Warning)

Somehow, the writers and producers of National Geographic have been in contact with my inner ten year-old, because last night I saw what will probably the hardest two hours of television to top. Yes, I watched a team dissect an anatomically correct model of a tyrannosaurus.

If you haven’t watched it, do so, as soon as possible. You owe it to yourself.

There was no CGI here. The dinosaur was constructed based on the current knowledge of the T-Rex, but we’re probably not going to get a fully detailed “how-to” until the DVD is released. But as I was watching it, I actually had to remind myself several times that this was very convincing, yet still fabricated. The scientists featured were real people who have actually influenced the world of paleontology, but I don’t know how much of the “act” they were in on.

Obviously they knew what they were signing up for, but was there a directorial decision to keep them in the dark over what the animal would look like and how they would go about dissecting it? Not a clue. And I’ll give the producers credit, they keep the illusion going until the last two minutes when they give a short summary of how they created this thing.

All I can do is thank Nat Geo and all of the people involved with this project for capturing my imagination for two hours.


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