BBC1, PBS to air Attenborough dinosaur special

Filmed over two years, Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur (pictured) follows the investigation into the discovery and reconstruction of what could be the world's largest-known dinosaur.
January 12, 2016

BBC1 and PBS will air a Sir David Attenborough-fronted special about a new species of dinosaur.

Coproduced by BBC Earth, PBS and Thirteen Productions, Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur was filmed over two years and follows the investigation into the discovery and reconstruction of the world’s largest-known dinosaur – titanosaurus – which was found by farmers in Argentina’s Patagonia region and measures 37 meters in length.

The creature is believed to have weighed 70 tons and dates back to the Late Cretaceous period.

In the special, Attenborough travels to Argentina to meet with lead scientist Dr. Diego Pol and evolutionary biologist Ben Garrod, and witness the uncovering, cleaning and examination of the fossils. Producers also use 3D scanning, CGI visuals and animation to show what scientists think the internal structure of the dinosaur looked like and how it worked.

It will air on BBC1 on January 24 at 6:30 p.m. GMT and then on PBS strand ‘Nature’ on February 17 at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CST under the title Raising the Dinosaur Giant.

The doc was produced and directed by Charlotte Scott. Miles Barton, Mike Gunton and Fred Kaufman of ‘Nature’ served as executive producers.

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