NAT GEO MUNDO PEELS BACK THE SKIN TO GO DEEP INSIDE ONE OF EARTH’S MOST FEARED AND MYSTERIOUS CREATURES
Autopsia de un Tiranosaurio, Premiering Sunday, June 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Combines Biology With Palaeontology to Explore the Guts and Glory of a T-Rex, Re-Created Using State-of-the-Art Special Effects and Cutting-Edge Science
(No humans will be consumed for the sake of science!)
This summer, dinosaurs will again capture the world’s imagination with a trip back to the Jurassic period. And though Nat Geo Mundo cannot bring any dinosaurs back to life (at least not yet!), we will make our own attempt to crack the paleontological code with the new two-hour world premiere special Autopsia de un Tiranosaurio, airing Sunday, June 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Imagine a biology lab, filled from end to end with a nearly 40 foot specimen, ready for dissection. The creature has a heart 100 times larger than a human’s, eyes the size of softballs and serrated teeth up to a foot long. It would not be a stretch to say this experiment is anything but routine. Autopsia de un Tiranosaurio will literally go under the skin of a full-size T. rex for the first time ever to reveal how the 65-million-year-old beast may have lived. (And we don’t have to feed a human to it to make it awesome!)
Using cutting-edge special effects techniques, and in collaboration with esteemed veterinary surgeons, anatomists and palaeontologists, Autopsia de un Tiranosaurio will build the world’s first full-size anatomically complete Tyrannosaurus rex, based on the very latest research and findings. The massive monster will be life-like inside and out, giving scientists the chance to touch it, smell it and cut it open from head to toe for the first time.
- Using industrial-sized tools, a veterinary surgeon will slice and dice the dinosaur on a quest to reveal the answers to a number of questions:
- How did the T. rex feed with those tiny arms? It has massive back legs, but what happened once it caught its prey
- How did it digest its prey? Looking at the contents of the T. rex’ guts can help tell us whether it was a hunter, a scavenger — or maybe even both
- Just how similar were T. rex to their closest living relatives, birds and crocodiles? There are clues in its cardiovascular system and its bones.
- How old did T. rex live to be? Its leg might hold the answer.
- Was the T. rex warm-blooded like a mammal, or cold-blooded like a lizard? With blood vessels big enough to stick an arm through, the answer may lie in the immense blood pressure necessary to keep the beast on the move.
- And perhaps the question we have always wondered: how did the T. rex procreate?
Half gruesome monster film, and all real science, Autopsia de un Tiranosaurio is a special that both aspiring and reformed dinosaur fanatics will find engrossing. Once the T. rex has been fully dissected and examined, we will learn just how and why this particular beast met its end, which in and of itself could reveal more information about the prehistoric creatures.
Autopsia de un Tiranosaurio will cap off a full slate of dinosaur-themed programming on Nat Geo Mundo as part of Noche Jurásica on the evening of Sunday, June 28th, including two other new premieres:
· Dino Death Match (Sunday, June 28 at 7 p.m. ET/PT): A fossil known as the “Duelling Dinosaurs” depicts predator and prey as they died in combat. A dramatic fossil, but also one that is central to a controversial debate; does it provide evidence proving the existence of a separate tyrannosaur species? It could reveal a pygmy tyrant – the Nanotyrannus. As the evidence for and against this predator is reviewed, it reveals a dinosaur like no other, brought to life in stunning CGI.
· Ultimate Dino Survivor (Sunday, June 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT): Tyrannosaurus rex was a top predator of its day. Well-armed with terrifying jaws, it was seemingly impervious to attack. But new fossils are revealing that the life of T. rex and its cousins was brutal. Fossils are probed with cutting-edge techniques to reveal the source of injuries, predation attempts that went wrong and titanic battles where T. rex teeth were sunk into their adversaries.
Autopsia de un Tiranosaurio will air globally on National Geographic Channels in over 170 countries and in 45 languages. The special is produced for National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) by Impossible Factual. For Impossible Factual Executive Producer is Paul Wooding. For NGCI, Ed Sayer is the Executive Producer and Executive Vice President and Head of International Content is Hamish Mykura. For NGC, Allan Butler is the Executive Producer.